Luminos is the award-winning, all-in-one astronomy app that goes beyond simple stargazing by combining millions of celestial objects into a beautifully-rendered space simulation to amaze you! Our enthusiastic customers range from hobbyists to professional astronomers, and everyone in between. And now, Luminos features the largest catalog available on mobile, with more than 113 million stars!
Whether you want to admire ancient constellations, watch satellites soaring overhead, find out what that brilliant dot is on the horizon, or recreate eclipses, Luminos has what you need.
Browse the largest deep space image catalog of any mobile app, anywhere, or track 3D meteor showers now or from the past. Travel through time, identify craters on the moon, fly through space, watch the solar system in motion from high above, or see the multitudes of asteroids orbiting perilously close to our planet. Hold Luminos up against the sky and it will effortlessly guide you to find any star or planet.
You can even get live sky charts and satellite alerts on your Apple Watch! Luminos makes it all easy and fun.
Instead of buying many apps to get all of these features, Luminos includes everything in one low price. There are no in-app purchases to nibble away at your wallet and there's no advertising to distract you from views of the heavens.
When you're ready to go even further, Luminos will be ready with you. If you're fortunate enough to have a computer-controllable telescope, then Luminos can command it for you to find objects quickly and easily. Detailed data on every object is easily available within Luminos, even without an Internet connection. Powerful planning tools help you make the most of your evenings by showing you exactly what will be visible tonight or any night in the future.
Get out there and start exploring!
For more videos demonstrating Luminos, check out our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/wobbleworksluminos !
This quick update fixes a couple of problems: First, our previous update accidentally disabled rendering of satellite models (oops!) and this restores those. Also, a Luminos user discovered that a handful of the deep space images were distorted in the sky view (NGC 1788, NGC 3572, NGC 3166, and NGC 134), and those are now rendered correctly. Thanks for all of your great feedback!
Ratings and Reviews
This is a very fun and informative app. Most features can be learned simply by tapping the buttons on the screen. Tapping on a star, planet or any object on the screen will bring up the name and basic info about it. If that is not enough, go to the browser then support and select user's guide and there are professional informative videos on how to operate the app. The Video on the basics is slightly more then 5 min. So it won't waste your time. Selecting a planet, the app will fly through the solar system and orbit the selected planet. Features on it can be selected for more information. Or select a satellite and go "ride" it, So you can see the earth from that perspective.
Fun to use and a serious astronomy tool also. My favorite astronomy app. I found the Andromeda galaxy a couple of nights ago using binoculars and was able to look up all the information on this app. It was really a delight to find and learn something new.
Update: I am still using this app a year later. I just found comet 46P Wirtanen, tonight using the app.
I'm still using this app the most for looking at the night sky with binoculars. I have tried two other apps, but they just don't work well for me.
Navigating by Stars
Finally I have found a celestial program where I can by name find (and now actually have an instant list of) the 57 stars recognized in the Nautical Almanac. This may appear on the face of it a trivial use of such a clearly capable program - however none of the other "paid for" celestial apps can do this, or even when asked and financially encouraged bother to make a list available in the app. Admittedly I had to list the stars from the Almanac in a custom list - it's not a built-in (hint - hint!) but that is a small ask. So, if you, as I use a sextant and an Nautical Almanac, this is the program for you.
The amount of information clearly presented and cleanly accessible is dumfounding.
But this is is no knowledge avalanche. The more you want the more you get, the less you want, the less you get. It's clean. The breadth astonishes and delights me. For example, there's a bright star in Scorpius, theta, whose name, Girtab, Luminos casually lets you know is from . . . Sumerian! And it just means "scorpion." But, Luminos, adds, it has another name, Sargas, also from Sumerian--and no one knows what Sargas means.
It's like being out on a dead clear night with a great astronomer. Who knows it all, loves it all, and finds it all fascinating, down to the tiniest little star-wart. But who tells you only what might interest you and only what you're likely to understand.
I see that the developers have (unsurprisingly, considering their app's riches) the great good sense to let me Edit Review. Which, as use continues and knowledge (I do hope) grows, I plan to continue to do.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.