Sky Guide – Effortlessly Becoming An Astronomer

4.5 Overall Score
Usability: 4.5/5
Design: 4.5/5
Duration: 4/5

Effortless to use | Great to look at | Packed with valuable content | Offline mode

Could use more explaining on stars based on time of year | An AR mode would be neat


When the sun goes down, and the stars come out, it’s quite a sight to see. Sky Guide is an app to help you identify the lights above, and the process couldn’t be easier. You simply point your iOS device to the sky, and you’re given the complete star map right above you. The app uses the compass the keep you aligned, and you can just spin around to identify the constellations, and planets in the night sky. You can access the same view during the day to see what stars are in the north, east, south, and west, even if you can’t see them with your naked eye.
The best part of Sky Guide is that it can turn anyone into an astronomer, because it really is that simple. It’s like a point, and shoot camera with just a brilliant array of the celestial bodies that surround us. The on screen sky view is composed of 37,000 actual photographs of the sky to give you high resolution immersive realism. As you spin around, the objects of the various constellations are silhouetted to help identify Ursa Major, Orion, Sagittarius, and more. Rather than trying to spot a group of stars, you’re given their true embodiments to further your astrological understanding with the clearest of guides.

If that wasn’t enough, you can tap on any star to see a lengthy article by a leading astronomical author. There is so much content to dive into with thousands of objects classified, and detailed within the app. Everything is so accessible as the app has been designed with iOS 7 in mind to remove the clutter from the interface in favor of intuitive gestures to fill the screen with the digital night sky. The app also includes a deluxe soundtrack in the background that you can interact with by tapping on stars, with star size, and brightness determining different sounds. There are a lot of little valuable features as well including a red night mode to adapt to your eyesight at night, the ability to use the full app without an internet connection, and the ability to adjust HDR brightness with a two finger swipe. There’s also the option to manually scroll through the night sky by dragging your finger, as well as searching for particular objects.

Sky Guide ($1.99, Universal) brilliantly combines a user friendly nature with a deluxe feature set to provide an in-depth astronomy, and astrology guide in your pocket making it a must buy. The app gets you to actually care about what’s in the night sky, and to actively peruse it on a nightly basis from now on.


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2 Comments on "Sky Guide – Effortlessly Becoming An Astronomer"

  1. Jason January 18, 2014 at 7:05 PM -

    Android user here, but I saw Sky Guide on an iPad 2 today, very cool. For an additional $2 you can get access to a database of visible low-Earth orbit objects such as the International Space Station and other satellites. Clicking on them will show you their orbit path to help with locating them.

    The red light feature is fantastic, I tried two similar apps on an iPhone previously, but the star guide itself killed a lot of my night vision. I prefer a manual star map with a red headlamp right now.

    Wish it was available for Android…

  2. Penny January 29, 2014 at 11:12 PM -

    Fascinating, but I have questions and can’t get the answers…I want to learn more about what I am seeing…

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