Explore the galaxy in a stunning three dimensional map based on NASA's artistic impression of the Milky Way galactic structure.
From the outskirts of the galaxy, in the Norma-Outer spiral arm to the galactic center's supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, discover a galaxy full of amazing facts.
Ever wondered how far from Earth are the stars you see in the night sky? Or how far or close they are to each other? Now you can visualize those distances in 3D with a star map divided into 10 parsec sectors (cubes) or 32.62 light years, for an easier observation. Sector (0 ,0 ,0) is our home sector and Sol is the Solar System.
Take a thrilling ride through space and visit strange new alien star systems and black holes. Find out where our Sun - the Solar System - is located in the Milky Way galaxy!
Explore space and get a little closer to our wonderful universe with this awesome astronomy app!
This interactive 3D map is excellent for teachers to use for instruction, and it is a great resource for students to explore the Milky Way galaxy and space as they learn more about the universe we live in.
▶ Over 248.000 stars in the database from the European Space Agency's Hipparcos mission, the Gliese catalogue and parts of the ASCC - All Sky Compiled Catalogue
▶ 14 black holes in binary systems
▶ Search for stars by constellation, name, catalog or star type (color)
▶ Detailed information on every star including its catalog designations, the system type (binary, ternary, quaternary system and so on), distance from the Sun and star radius
Find out how far from Earth are some of the more famous stars out there:
▶ Sirius, the Dog Star
▶ Polaris, the North Star
▶ Castor, a 6-star system
▶ Aldebaran, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Vega, Eta Carinae, Canopus, Alpha Centauri, Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti and thousands more!
Compare the radius of stars with our own Sun and find out which are the biggest and smallest stars out there. Can you encounter a sun-like star?
New permissions are for ads - to show relevant information regarding your location. Example: show russian ads for russian people, or default to english if none are found.
Added constellation for each star.
Added Sun location in the galaxy scene.
Fixes and improvements.
Updated libraries and improved performance.
Rearranged UI a bit.
Updated galactic structures information and translations.
Ratings and Reviews
Nice but. . . .
Needs a tactical overlay. Something like was used in Ascension. Where is the galactic center reference line.
So close to having a real 3D interactive map of the Milky Way. But not there yet. You can spin the 3D map of the Milky Way but it's limited to the center axis of the map. You cannot select a star area to zoom to. The limited zoom to the center axis of the map just blurs into a ball of white lights. No zooming into our Solar System Sol. No zooming around to the neighborhood of Sol.
I was so excited at first when I thought this was a more detailed interactive map of the Milky Way and our solar system. How great would that have been to teach others and to give them a true visual experience of what our galaxy looks like. What our solar system looks like. I have yet to find a true 3D interactive map of our galaxy to where you can have a continuous direct zoom without screen changing or just random bright dots representing the stars.
Oh well..... maybe one day soon someone can make a real map.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the review, I've updated the map a bit and fixed some bugs.
- The Milky Way model is made like this because we do not have enough information regarding its structure (the area opposite the galactic core is pure speculation). One theory I'm particulary fond of is that the Milky Way is actually a merged galaxy (two earlier galaxies of comparable sizes) and that it's also stealing stars from nearby satellite galaxies. You can check this out in my other app (Galaxy Map).
- by model I mean it's made of about 10000 stars instead of 400 billion, because no mobile device would be able to handle it (It does work on PCs and Macs)
If you touch the cube button it will take you to the middle (presumed) of the Orion Arm where our Solar system is situated. I chose to split the database into 10 parsec sectors because of mobile limitations (again). More stars could be shown on the screen(but not all), but it won't work properly unless you've got the latest iphone or ipad.
This is my earlier model of the galaxy - made in 2015. Since then I chose to split the app in two (Galaxy Map and Star Map), which I am constantly updating and trying to improve the visuals.
- Andrei Nistorescu
- 317.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Andrei Nistorescu
- In-App Purchases
- Remove ads $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.