APP OF THE DAY
Your personal planetarium
Take a tour of the stars in augmented reality 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.
Did you spot something you’d like to learn more about as you were cruising the cosmos? Check out Night Sky’s augmented reality (AR) mode. Just tap on what you see in the heavens, such as the constellation Ursa Major. The app will give you a 3D-model, identifying the stars that comprise Ursa Major and show you its recognisable shape (in this case, a bear).
Tap the AR button beneath the 3D model and you’ll appear to pull that celestial object out of the sky and place it at ground level with you. Once in place, you can step closer to get a better look and even take a wander through the constellation.
With a subscription to Night Sky’s premium membership, you can take AR a step further, using your iPhone or iPad to create an AR portal that allows you to observe planetary surfaces in our solar system. Thanks to multiuser AR features known as shared experiences, you and a friend can even walk on the same surface (see you on Jupiter) as long as both of you have a Night Sky subscription.
Membership also gives you access to the app’s Grand Orrery feature, which can bring our entire solar system into your home, office or classroom using AR. This functionality lets you view a scale model of all the planets in the Milky Way. You can even walk between them, as if you’re standing inside a life-size diorama.
If you have a favourite planet, star, constellation or celestial object, use a Siri Shortcut to locate it anytime you want. When viewing an object in AR, look for the ‘Add to Siri’ button. Add it, then simply tell Siri something along the lines of “Hey Siri, show me where the International Space Station is.” The app will automatically open and take you right to it.