The Planet Wheel is a compact and convenient tool to help you track the planets of the Solar System through the sky. The main 'wheel' display shows you the positions of the Sun, Moon and all the major planets at a glance, and the app also includes a starmap to show you how to find the planets against the background of stars.
The Planet Wheel app is an interactive version of the popular service on the Electronic Sky Website, with a host of extra features to help you find your way around the Solar System.
Use the Planet Wheel to:
- Quickly identify a planet in the sky
- Check the location and visibility of the planets, or the Moon
- Locate Solar System objects on a starmap
- Look back or forward in time up in a range of two hundred years
- See which constellations are most visible
- Check the Moon's phase
Planet Wheel Features:
- The main Planet Wheel display gives you a simple way of checking which planets are visible, and the best time of night to look for them.
- The Starmap feature maps the planets against the background of stars, and also shows you which constellations are visible at any time of year.
- Both the Planet Weel and Starmap views include animated displays: hold down the animation buttons to watch the Sun, Moon and planets travel across the sky, forwards or backwards in time.
- See the positions of the planets for any date and time from 1900 to 2100.
- The Planet Wheel provides full access to online resources on the Electronic Sky Website.
- Updated to work well on the latest version of iOS
- Star map layout adjusted and improved
Ratings and Reviews
Hoping for an update with settings
Great app! I realize that this app shows the actual amount of space that the constellations take up from our perspective on earth but was also hoping to switch back and forth from this view to a Western Tropical Zodiac display of the signs with each sign fitting neat into 30 degrees portions of the sky. The precession or “the wobble” of the earths orbit was discovered by the Greek astronomer Hipparchus in BC times and written about by Astrologer Claudius Ptolemy in the Hellenistic era. Even though the original observations of the constellations informed what were believed to be characteristics of the Signs of the Zodiac, it was deemed more important to keep the Astrology locked into the Equinoxes and Solstices. Because amount of light, length of day and seasonal changes were considered more important in this geocentric system than our shifting view of the stars. Most astrologers in India use the Sidereal Zodiac which is locked onto the constellations and not the Equinoxes and Solstices. This system is also not perfect because it also uses 30 degrees for each of the different sized constellations. The reason I believe it would be beneficial to include Zodiac options in your settings is because of the thousands of years of history associated with these beliefs. After all thousands of years ago people did a lot more sky gazing. Anyway I wouldn’t be the only one that would appreciate this being an option and your app would become far more popular. Also you are using the Aries glyph to represent the lunar north node which is going to confuse people. Cheers
Fun and worth the investment
This an enjoyable way to understand time. It is a great gift for anyone of any age interested in the stars. It is also very handsome and a great addition to your IPhone.
Great app but could be better
RA and declination are much harder to use than elevation and azimuth when a quick fix is needed, especially if not familiar with the area. Would prefer to have this selectable in a settings menu.
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- Virtix Ltd
- 6.2 MB
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 15.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 12.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © Copyright Virtix Limited 2012
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.