9 super apps for stargazers

9 Super Apps For Stargazers

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most beautiful things about living in the country is being able to see all the stars. You can enjoy the sky even more when you ‘ve got the right apps. Here are 9 super apps to share with stargazers everywhere.

9 Super Apps for Stargazers

Augmented Stargazing

Augmented Stargazing is looking at the stars through a cell phone as the phone overlays constellations, stars, planets, satellites and more. Most require GPS and cellular data to work and many are quite large apps.

1 – Starwalk

This is my favorite star app. I love pulling this app out at night when traveling.

iOS, Google Play, Kindle Fire ($2.99) http://vitotechnology.com/

2- Star Chart

Very similar to Starwalk.

iOS, Google Play (Free) http://www.escapistgames.com/apps.html

3 – Sky Guide

A star track and time lapse to show you where everything will move later in the night.

iOS ($2.99) http://fifthstarlabs.com/

4- Night Sky

This app also lets you know when the forecast is for clear skies.

Night Sky 2 on iOS ($.99) Night Sky Lite Google Play (Free)


5 – Sky Safari 4

For Serious Stargazers. The upgraded versions of this app will control special wired or wired telescopes as they focus on the stars or events you’re trying to watch. You can see the night sky backwards or forwards a million years. The app also gets you a subscription to Sky Magazine.

Sky Safari 4 ($2.99) with higher end versions available. http://www.southernstars.com/products/skysafari/

“Planetarium” Software

All three software programs give you the option to create overlays of planets, stars, satellites and more from anywhere in the world. Use a projector and shine the sky on the ceiling to make your own planetarium.

6 – Stellarium

Stellarium is a free app that you can download onto your computer. A favorite with kids.

PC, Mac, Linux (Free) http://www.stellarium.org/

7 – Google Sky

Google Sky is a browser-based search engine that lets you search the sky. You can also use Google Earth and travel into other galaxies.

Browser based https://www.google.com/sky/  Google Earth – http://www.google.com/earth/ (Free)

8 – Microsoft Worldwide Telescope

This app is a powerhouse largely because of the academic databases that they used to create it. It also has set up instructions for creating your own planetarium using a projector and inexpensive building supplies.

Windows http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/ (Free)

[callout]We need to raise a generation of kids whose dreams aren’t earthbound and here’s one way to start. When we go back into space, it won’t be an app, it will be us.[/callout]

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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