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Your interactive guide to the stars above.
Guide to the Sky Above
Want to explore the stars but don’t have a spaceship handy? With a map of 1.7 billion stars in its database, Night Sky is one of the most comprehensive stargazing apps out there.
What we love: Point your iPhone or iPad toward the heavens to see each constellation—complete with a drawing of its namesake from Greek mythology—overlaid above. Night Sky also highlights planets, satellites, the International Space Station, and celestial events—and provides details on light pollution and cloud coverage near you.
Quick tip: Night Sky brings the solar system to you with augmented reality (AR). View a model of each planet (and its moons) in your home or classroom—and walk around them as though you’re wandering through an enormous diorama. Or launch AR-powered Planetary Portals to see what it’s like on the surface of other planets.
Meet the creator: Developer iCandi Apps was founded by Andy Weekes, a former music educator whose love of sharing knowledge led to his business’s biggest success, Night Sky. “To have gone from being a teacher in a single school to creating an app that is educating millions of people is phenomenal,” he says.