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Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered device into a window on the night sky. It identifies objects that appear in the sky and allows users to search for them. Even with the unaided eye, there is much to study in the night sky including constellations, shooting stars, planets, and of course the moon, the Earth's only natural satellite.

This app makes uses the built-in compass in Android devices, GPS, and the device's clock to depict a sky map of the area it is facing. Over one thousand stars and all of the planets in our solar system are searchable and visible in the app. Users can also view and search for constellations and individual stars. The brightest stars and most prominent constellations are labelled, as are the planets. The planets are displayed as images that are larger than actual size. This can be seen in the screenshot below.

Google Sky Map in action

Features:

  • Point your phone or tablet at the sky, and Google Sky Map will show the stars, planets, constellations, and more to help you identify the celestial objects in view
  • Search the night sky for your favorite planet, Messier object, and more
  • Zoom in and out
  • Switch various layers on and off, choosing to make these elements visible or not:
    • Stars
    • Constellations
    • Messier objects
    • Planets
    • Meteor showers
    • Right ascension and declination grid
    • Horizon and cardinal points
  • Input the names of planets and stars and they will be guided to the current locations of these objects
  • Explore the cosmos manually and move through the sky by touching the screen instead of having it adjust automatically
  • Time travel - change the date and time and see the stars, planets and constellations at that moment in time. Selections are limited to the years 1900-2100 due to limitations on accuracy
  • Contains a subset of Google Sky's Hubble Gallery
  • Night mode which is designed to protect your dark-adapted eyes
  • Internationalisation support: Available in more than 12 languages
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Astronomy is particularly well suited to the layperson. It is a wonderful hobby which has almost no age limits, it is open to individuals of all financial means, and there is always the potential for an amateur to discover something that has eluded professional astronomers, or to help monitor stars and track asteroids. Google Sky Map allows even the most casual observer to quickly identify and search for objects in the sky.

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