APP OF THE DAY
Your Personal Planetarium
Tap to tour the stars in AR with Night Sky.
Guide to the Sky Above
When the sun goes down and you open Night Sky on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, it’ll quickly and accurately identify the stars, planets, constellations, satellites, and space stations that fill the sky above.
Spot something you’d like to learn more about as you cruise the cosmos? Check out Night Sky’s AR mode. Just tap on what you see in the heavens—the constellation Ursa Major, for example—and the app will give you a 3D model, identifying the stars that make up the configuration and showing you its recognizable shape (in this case, a bear).
Notice the AR button beneath the 3D model. Tap it and you’ll appear to pull that celestial object out of the sky and place it at ground level with you, here on Earth. Once the item is within AR, you can step closer to get a better look (and even wander through the constellation).
With a subscription to Night Sky’s premium membership, you can take things a step further, using your iPhone or iPad to create an AR portal to observe planetary surfaces in our solar system. Thanks to a multi-user AR feature known as shared experiences, you and a friend can see and walk on the same surface (“Meet ya on Jupiter!”) as long as both of you have Night Sky and are premium subscribers.
That membership also gives you access to Night Sky’s Grand Orrery feature, which brings the entire solar system into your home (or classroom, or office) using AR. Grand Orrery presents a scale model of all the planets in the Milky Way; you can even walk between them, as if standing inside a life-size diorama.
Use a Siri Shortcut to locate a favourite planet, star, constellation, or other celestial object anytime you want. When viewing an item in AR, look for the Add to Siri button inside the app. Add it. Then simply say something like “Hey Siri, show me where the International Space Station is” and the app will automatically open and take you right to it.