SkySafari is a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket, puts the universe at your fingertips, and is incredibly easy to use!
Simply hold your device to the sky and quickly locate planets, constellations, satellites, and millions of stars and deep sky objects. Use Augmented Reality (AR) mode to blend a simulated sky chart with a real view of your surroundings. Or toggle on OneSky to see what other observers are looking at right now.
Packed with interactive information and rich graphics, discover why SkySafari is your perfect stargazing companion under the night sky.
Here's what's new in version 7:
+ Complete support for iOS 17 and iPhone 15. Version 7 brings a new and immersive stargazing experience.
+ OneSky - allows you to see what other users are observing, in real time. This feature highlights objects in the sky chart and indicates with a number how many users are observing a particular object.
+ Sky Tonight - jump to the new Tonight section to see what’s visible in your sky tonight. Expanded information has been designed to help plan your night and includes Moon & Sun info, calendar curations, and the best positioned deep sky and solar system objects.
+ Orbit Mode - Lift off from the Earth and travel to the planets, moons and stars.
+ Guided Audio Tours - Listen to more than four hours of audio narration to learn the history, mythology, and science of the heavens.
+ Galaxy View - Visualize the 3-D location of stars and deep sky objects in our Galaxy the Milky Way.
+ Pronounce - “Yoor-a- nus”, not “Your-anus”? The pronunciation guide in SkySafari will help you learn how to correctly pronounce the names of hundreds of celestial objects from different categories such as stars, constellations and planets.
If you haven't used SkySafari before, here's what you can do with it:
+ Hold your device up, and SkySafari will find stars, constellations, planets, and more! The star chart updates automatically with your real time movements for the ultimate stargazing experience.
+ See an eclipse now, in the past or in the future! Simulate the night sky from anywhere on Earth many years in the past or in the future! Animate meteor showers, comet approaches, transits, conjunctions, and other celestial events with SkySafari’s Time Flow.
+ Locate the Sun, Moon, or Mars from our extensive database and track the arrow to be directed to their exact locations in the sky before you. See spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and other planets!
+ Learn about the history, mythology, and science of the heavens! Browse from hundreds of object descriptions, astronomical photographs, and NASA spacecraft images in SkySafari. Explore tons of NASA Space Missions!
+ Stay up-to-date with Sky Calendar, for all major sky events every day – miss nothing!
+ 120,000 stars; over 200 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies; all major planets and moons, and dozens of asteroids, comets, and satellites including the International Space Station (ISS).
+ Animated meteor showers with complete viewing information & spectacular graphics.
+ Night Vision – Preserves your eyesight after dark.
+ Apple Maps Integration – Choose your location from a built-in Maps view.
+ Horizon Panoramas – choose from beautiful built-in vistas, or customize your own!
+ Advanced Search – Find objects using properties other than their name.
+ Much more!
+ Plus unlock the SkySafari Premium Subscription to access amazing features: massive deep sky database, events, curated news and articles, connected stargazing features, light pollution map and more.
For even more features, and telescope control check out SkySafari 7 Plus and SkySafari 7 Pro!
In this maintenance update:
+ Localization: updated translations
+ Improved total solar eclipse simulations
+ Minor improvements and bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
This APP is truly amazing. At 67 years old I have never really looked up until the pandemic has given me time to do so. I luckily just stumbled across this APP and instantly was amazed at how much is out there, how much I’ve missed all my life and how wonderful the cosmos is. I’ve found the APP simple to use. I live in town with too many city lights so I’ve focused only on stars and planets visible to the eye, the 20 brightest and found the basic information to be fascinating. The he APP tells the details such as size, distance, makeup, life span and how the object has been viewed in human history. The only flaw I experience each day is the compass. Very frequently I find the APP to be many degrees, sometimes even 180 off. Makes identifying objects difficult. I don’t know if that is due to my iPhones internal compass being off or if the APP has its own compass, but it does require recalibrating the compass by spinning it around in circles or sometimes shutting the phone down. It would be nice to know how to eliminate this issue. But, for the money, are you kidding, this APP is so amazing it’s truly incredible. Thank you to the developer!
Great app, but some improvements are needed
After doing some research on astronomy apps, I read that SkySafari was the best. I don’t usually purchase apps, but I decided to give it a try. Overall it’s an excellent app. I only have a few problems with it. Although it’s highly configurable, it only supports notifications for ALL planet risings (and “bright satellites and flares”), rather than letting you choose the planets you care about. (I don’t care much about Pluto rising.) Also, the app offers a “Do not disturb between” option for the notifications which allows you to enter a From and To time, but when I enter times and exit the settings and then return, the times are not saved. Maybe that’s a bug, or maybe I’m doing something wrong. I’d also like to see an option to display RA/DEC coordinates on the main screen. Unless I missed it, it appears to only support the display of AZ coordinates there. I use another astronomy app that provides a TelRad bullseye at the center of the screen, with associated coordinates (either RA/DEC or AZ). I know SkySafari provides all that information, but it seems that other apps do it slightly better. Overall, I still think SkySafari is a great app. (I’m not an experienced astronomer, so this is a beginner’s opinion.)
Too much unclear
Looks like a good app, and I was trying to decide whether to upgrade to Plus while the discount was available (or possibly even Pro)—but there are Help files that are unclear, graphic glitches with the Apollo addition, and the voice control (though I understand it’s in “progress”) doesn’t work even with the example commands listed.
It’s less than clear what new features are available in the upgrade version, other than the free Apollo add-in—which I already purchased. So I don’t have enough reason (at least not enough clear reason) to upgrade, especially when I’m having trouble with features already available.
I’ll definitely keep the app on my phone and use it. Perhaps it’s just me; but, regardless, if I’m already having trouble, there’s little point inviting more. All the basic features seem to work fine, and I’d still recommend the basic app for others—perhaps those who might have better luck (or even sufficient skill) to use it more effectively.
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- 811.7 MB
- Requires iOS 14.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 14.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.1 or later.
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- Age Rating
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- In-App Purchases
- SkySafari Premium $1.99
- SkySafari Premium $19.99
- Apollo Lunar Missions $0.00
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