SkyView® brings stargazing to everyone. Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, planets, satellites, and more!
Over 2.5 million downloads.
App Store Rewind 2011 -- Best Education App
“If you've ever wanted to know what you're looking at in the night sky, this app is the perfect stargazer's companion.”
"If you’ve ever been looking for a stargazing app for your iPhone, then this [is] definitely the one to get."
“SkyView is an Augmented Reality app that lets you see just what delights the sky has to offer.”
– 148Apps Editor’s Choice
You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView® is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find all 88 constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate every planet in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.
• Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
• Sighting Events: schedule alerts for upcoming celestial events.
• Apple Watch: see what objects are visible tonight and how to spot them using your Apple Watch.
• Today Widget: brand new iOS 8 today widget lets you quickly see upcoming celestial events.
• Night Mode: Preserve your night vision with red or green night mode filters.
• Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
• Sky Paths: Follow the sky track for any object to see it’s exact location in the sky on any date and time.
• Comprehensive: Includes thousands of stars, planets, and satellites with thousands of interesting facts.
• Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times.
• Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
• Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
What a fun way to teach yourself, your children, your students, or your friends about our wonderful universe!
This update addresses minor bugs present in iOS 13.
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I would be hard pressed to find a similar App that does this.
Fun and educational. I love the fact that the planets show rotation. I'd love to see the developers consider updating in the future, the ability to tap into deeper space. Perhaps allowing us the chance to see the moons around planets, and any other space objects that are known in real time. One issue I find is the planets are askew/slightly off, causing me to adjust an approximate only to the L&R, which still doesn't give a true correction (or onion skin) It'd also be nice to have more educational factoids/info updated. This alone shouldn't deter you from getting this app, as its really the best one out there for those of us who love learning astronomy. I do love this app! I hope the programmers/developers consider our feedback & wishes. Every time Its clear outside regardless of the weather, I open this app and learn something new!
Four Years later and everything I asked for and more! Next Generation-I'd love to see a wayback option gps enabled where ever you are on the planet and the ability to go back in time to get the options to see the sky in the past (with known historical proven factual astronomical phenomena) that'd be a wonderful challenge for developers and experience for those of us who wish to see the
Sky as it was in roman times!
Perfect Tool any time of day.
I have learned so many things about our skies from this app. As a long-time member of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, my fascination with and knowledge of the stars has increased over time. With this app, all of the stars at at my fingertips. It is a conversation starter too. Neighbors have asked me what I am looking at when I’ve used it while walking the dogs. I’m sure a few of them have downloaded it themselves. Just last month, my neighbor’s teen-aged son was walking with his dad while I was using the app to find Jupiter. The young man had never talked to me before, but he came right over to see what I was doing. I showed him Jupiter and when he was able to find it with his own eyes... the look on his face was inspiring. Later, his father thanked me for talking with his son. Because of COVID-19 restrictions he is not in school and has become withdrawn. Now he is outside every night with his phone making notes about the skies. Thank you SkyView. You have given my little neighborhood something to keep us company in this time of isolation. You have given us the universe in the palm of our hands.
Cool and informative, but could use a few things
I initially tried the SkyView Lite with my son after buying him a telescope a few weeks back. My initial thoughts of the app were great (still is) as you can point up, down, side-to-side and behind you and find what’s out there. This gets me dizzy and somewhat lost when trying relocate the object through the telescope.
A few nights back, we went to a viewing event and found another similar app (stellarium) which did not have (could be user settings) all of the constellation artwork pop ups and things getting in the way to try and find certain nebula and various other objects. His app simplified with a real-time view (potentially used a light pollution map) of what’s visible by the eye, to help find objects. He also did not have to point the app up, he held it at ground level and was able to match the stars visible currently to the eye, vs holding up the phone and getting lost within all the stars in the sky with your app.
Long story short I found some settings in this app to remove the pop up constellation artwork and reduce some of the stars, planets and satellites, however I’m not able to eliminate the point up to see option. Is there a setting for that in this app? I would like to hold the phone flat like I’m texting and see a real time view of what’s viewable with my eye, vs getting dizzy with the moving and spinning of the app.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.