App Obsession :: Night Sky

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ever since I had taken an astronomy class in college, I've been fascinated by constellations. That fascination grew even more when I took a trip to Iceland where the stars seemed to be mere inches from the tips of my outstretched fingers.

My favorite constellation is Orion, and for years I have been trying to get my girls to recognize the hunter with the sword in the sky. But they've always struggled to recognize him with the naked eye.

Until we found the Night Sky app. Night Sky enables you to see constellations, planets, galaxies, and satellites with the use of your iPhone. Whether it's a clear night or your view is obstructed by clouds, Night Sky will identify the celestial objects above you.

Using your location date and the compass built into your iPhone or iPad, Night Sky cross references your location data with its inbuilt map of the sky and displays the names of the constellations, planets, galaxies, and satellites on your screen.

It's pretty magical. And it even amazed my kids who aren't easily amazed by very many apps.

Night Sky is available in the App Store.

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