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***** As seen in Apple's iPad 2 event ***** Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations, galaxies and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore with GoSkyWatch Planetarium.

***** Featured on ABC's "The View"
***** Featured in "Wired" magazine

--- What People Are Saying

"Powerful and easy to use, with excellent animation and the widest zoom range." — D.Schroeder, University professor

"GoSkyWatch Planetarium should not be missed regardless of whether you are a casual or hard-core fan of astronomy." — AppAdvice

"I have more than 10 astronomy apps on my iPhone and this is by far the best. Everything I need and easy to use." — Pat, iTunes reviewer

--- What makes GoSkyWatch different to other apps?

• Easy to use — No buttons to press or modes to select, just point to the sky to start exploring.

• Designed specially for efficient outdoor use.

• Touch free identification — Information pops up on screen as you move. Great for those cold nights with gloves on!

• Popup images — No need to keep zooming in and out just to see what is out there.

• Full 180 degree display — See at a glance what is in the sky and where without having to pan around.

• Don't need to hold level — Displays the sky view and information at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait.

• Gyroscope compass auto calibration — No need to calibrate the gyroscope. Advanced adaptive algorithms for smooth and accurate positioning.

• Planets shown with relative brightness to stars — No oversized graphics that prevent you from distinguishing a planet from surrounding stars.

• Unique target identification — Touch drag scheme for greatest accuracy since your finger doesn't hide what you are trying to identify.

• Minimal on screen text — Stars and planets easier to identify since they are not covered by text.


• On screen object name, brightness and distance
• Contains all stars visible to the naked eye
• Light adjustment for viewing conditions
• Touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass.

• Looking for a planet, star, constellation or galaxy? Just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way
• Search stars and DSOs sorted by name, distance or magnitude
• Moon phase calendar
• Sun rise/set times

• Day, sidereal and time lapse animation
• Over 200 images of planets and deep sky objects
• Messier and Caldwell catalogs with images
• Actual image taken of the Milky Way
• Below horizon display
• Look back in time with the birthday star search. Find out how old you were for the star light seen.

• Constellation images, boundaries and patterns
• Solar system, star, DSO, constellation Wikipedia
• Ian Ridpath's constellation StarTales
• Interactive graphical ephemeris
• Planet, star, constellation and DSO ephemeris data

• High performance graphics
• Easy setup using auto location or built in city list
• Location favorites

* No internet connection required. Internet optionally used for auto location, viewing Wikipedia information and StarTales.

Many more enhancements to come as free updates.

* See web site for video demo

What's New

Version 9.0.0

Ready for the solar eclipse August 21, 2017?
Update to the full version for real time tracking of this special event.
Ready for the solar eclipse August 21, 2017?
Update to the full version for real time tracking of this special event.

- Faster motion tracking
- iOS Updates
- Bug Fixes
- Apple iAds switch to Google AdMob

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
311 Ratings
311 Ratings

Interesting, But Very Buggy

This app is interesting, but it is spoiled by a couple of serious bugs.

1) The map orientation cannot stay aligned correctly. North can be displayed as anything from North to South, and it wanders away from its initial setting (which is usually quite wrong) very quickly.

2) After a few minutes of use, the map locks completely, and can only be moved manually. re-starting the app does not restore functionality. The app has to be deleted and then installed again for automatic map movement to return. Then after a few more minutes of use, it will lock up again.

I have tried using this app over the past few years on an iPad Air 2 and an older iPad Mini. Operating systems tried have been iOS 8, 9, 10, 11 and Beta builds of iOS 12. it has problems on all iterations of iOS.

Developer Response

Check that you are not using a case with hidden magnetic or metallic parts. This is the most common cause of alignment problems. Also waving the phone around in all directions will help speed up the compass calibration. The current compass accuracy as reported by iOS is shown at the bottom of the screen. If it is red then there is a problem getting a compass lock and will lock the screen. Contact goskywatch_support@gosoftworks.com for more help.

Whapper Stan

Best of many

There are several apps trying to achieve a similar thing but for me, this still comes out on top. Despite requiring less memory, it achieves where others fall short and does so with a minimum of fuss. Five stars.


Love it

Great app good to use when trying to find constellations to view through my telescope, but keeps crashing


GoSoftWorks Development Co.
98.4 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 GoSoftWorks Development Co.


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