Explore the universe with these apps
Apps for the star-gazer in you. Tap for more.
“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years since astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke from the surface of the Moon – the first human to do so.
The Apollo Program catapulted US astronauts skywards, but it also had a wider impact on science and technology – and perhaps more importantly, it showed that humanity had the potential one day to touch the stars.
If you want to get lost in the stars for a moment, these apps will help you do just that.
Moon Walk AR
Augmented reality (AR) can offer you a window into another world, and this app goes one (small) step beyond.
Moon Walk AR enables you to walk in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps: tap Start, scan the floor and in moments the screen wipes from the real world to the lunar surface. We challenge you not to be bowled over by this moment alone. Turn around and you’ll find that you’re standing at the bottom of the steps to the Apollo Lunar Module, with Armstrong’s famous words audible, along with his first impressions. You just follow the path he took and discover more about the mission. For the best experience, take this app outside: why not transform the park into the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility?
Moon Walk - Apollo 11 Mission
Land on the Moon in AR
Star-gazers everywhere need Night Sky because it’s packed with some incredible features, to feed your love of the cosmos.
Aim your device at the sky to identify planets and constellations, or pull them out of the sky to examine it. Double tap to view the object, then tap AR to place a 3D model in front of you, pinch to scale it up or down, then take a closer look.
Likewise you can pull constellations out of the sky and look at them in 3D, to understand the depth and distance of the stars within.
Ask Siri ‘what star is that?’, with your phone pointed at what you want to identify and Night Sky does just that. And if that wasn’t enough, the app can even find your nearest planetarium.
Guide to the Sky Above
Big Bang AR
Take things back to day one of space and time. Open Big Bang AR, and stretch out your hand in front your device; make a fist then slowly open your hand to reveal the beginning of the entire universe sitting in your palm. Just an average day.
Narrated by actor Tilda Swinton, this AR app takes you from those first mere milliseconds after the Big Bang, explaining how a thick soup of quarks, electrons, neutrinos and photons – the building blocks of the universe – jostled together to form matter and expanded to create existence.
The app’s soft, space-y soundtrack is definitely best enjoyed with the sound on.
Big Bang AR
The story of our universe
Swipe left and right around you to see more of the constellations in. Tap on Andromeda to read the Greek myth behind the constellation’s name
The impressive calendar view shows you what the sky will be like tonight, when the moon rises etc, as well as when the new moon is coming and cool events like the next solar eclipse.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, the app has even added an AR experience of the Saturn V rocket launch.
View Stars Night or Day
What’s in Space?
And if you want to kickstart their love of space early, this educational app for little ones is a cartoony delight.
There are four sections to the app: Travel To Space, Live In Space, The Solar System and The Sky. Your child will learn what astronauts do, solve puzzles, take quizzes and loads more. What’s in Space? is a perfect introduction to science, stars and cartoon rockets.