Google Sky Maps for the Android

25 Jun

Today I downloaded the Google Sky Map application just to see what it was all about. I worked at the Georgia Southern Planetarium as an intern last fall and boy do I wish that I had this app back then.

This app is absolutely amazing! If you love looking at the night sky, but you have no clue as to what constellation or planet you are looking at then you should give this app a try.

You don’t have to be outside for the app to work nor does it have to be dark to see the stars and planets on the screen and it will even show you our closest star…the sun.  Further more, there is no more wondering what planet you are seeing rising or setting as planets are clearly labeled.

One of the biggest advantages to  using the app is that you can search for any known celestial object and the object finder will direct you with an arrow to the object’s location.  When you get within range of the object a circle will encapsulate the object further highlighting the object.

The best part is that there is a toggle mode that allows the user to switch between regular mode and night mode.  Night mode shows the exact same objects the only difference is that the objects are highlighted in red light so as not to require the users eyes to be dark-adjusted yet again.  =)

Additionally, you can turn off each setting that shows and names planets, Messier objects, horizon and more.  Like I said before, if you have always wanted to learn more about the night sky but have had not clue where to start this is certainly a great app to get you started!

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