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Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day

By Fifth Star Labs LLC


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*** 2014 Apple Design Award Winner ***

A star app has never been more beautiful and easy to use. Just hold it to the sky to automatically find constellations, planets, satellites and more. It’s stargazing fun for all ages and experience levels!

"Close to perfect.”

“The perfect companion for helping you find the stars…”

“Beautiful and informative…a treasure.”

Is it a star or the planet Mars? Knowing what's up in your night sky is now effortless with Sky Guide. Hold your iPhone or iPad up and Sky Guide automatically aligns itself to the stars above you—no setup required!

Have you ever wished you could recognize the constellations but didn't want to study those paper star charts? Sky Guide's interactive experience makes learning your way around the sky intuitive and fun.

Whether you're in search of the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or the next big meteor shower, Sky Guide is jam-packed with information and rich graphics that will satisfy the most curious minds.

Voyage to the past or future with cinematic time controls. Know where the Moon will be later in the evening so you can capture that perfect photo. See what the sky looked like the moment you were born or be an eyewitness to history's greatest comets.

It's a star! It's a plane! No, it's a satellite! Sky Guide features hundreds of bright satellites for you to identify and track. You can also receive notifications whenever the International Space Station flies over your location.

Use Sky Guide anywhere—on your evening dog walk, camping trips or in the classroom. Sky Guide works with or without Wi-Fi, cellular service or GPS, so everything is at your fingertips no matter where you go.

Additional Features:

- Apple Watch: Sky Guide can send you a notification when an event is about to happen in the skies above your location, like when the International Space Station is due to fly over. You can also keep tabs on the latest solar activity or add our super-accurate Moon Complication to your Apple Watch face.

- 3D Touch: Peek and Pop previews of articles from Search. Quick actions from home screen app icon.

- Notification Center Widget: At-a-glance essentials including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets.

- Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders (now enhanced with 3D Touch).

- Red night mode: Preserve your dark-adapted eyesight.

- Huge stellar catalog: 2.5 million stars!

Join the millions who have discovered a more personal connection to the stars with Sky Guide. It might forever change the way you look up.

What's New in Version 6.0.2

Bug fixes


Rich Notifications
Tired of those drab, text-only satellite notifications? We’ve launched our notifications into orbit with an animated Earth view showing the satellite’s path.

3D Touch
Filters now have a whole new feeling. Take an X-ray Peek at the sky or Pop a filter for full screen exploration. You can also use 3D Touch on your Sky Guide app icon for Quick Actions and a compact version of the Sky Guide widget.

New for watchOS 3

New Design
Sky Guide for Apple Watch has been streamlined into three categories: Sun activity, Moon, and the International Space Station. Swipe to switch pages or use the Digital Crown to view more detailed information. Your last viewed page will be saved for viewing in the Dock. Keep Sky Guide in your Dock for instantaneous launches.

Satellite Notifications
Pull down your satellite notifications to see an animated Earth view detailing the satellite’s path.


Map-based Location
You can now select a custom latitude and longitude or use the map to find what the sky will look like in very remote locations. It's great for planning what you'll see on those camping trips.

No, I meant to tap THAT
Selecting stars and deep sky objects is now more intelligent and intuitive

More Improvements
We've added a new Meteor Showers category plus you can now search for stars by HR, HD and HIP catalog numbers. Galaxy icons now align and scale as do open cluster icons. Satellite passes are now more accurate than ever.

iPad Pro keyboard shortcuts: cmd+F = Find an object, cmd+, = Preferences, cmd+M = Main Menu, cmd+T = Time Controls


A brilliant twist? If we wanted to get technical we'd call this our new high-dynamic-range point-spread-function stellar rendering engine with diffraction spikes. Translation? They’re the most beautiful and realistic stars you've ever experienced.

Thank you to all for your continued support and feedback! If you haven’t reviewed Sky Guide in some time, please consider leaving a new review and let us know what you think of the latest update.


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Customer Reviews

I hate Nick Risinger so, so much!

Firstly he gets to photograph the night sky, or rather NOT the night sky. From my light polluted UK home I can see the night sky. All the clouds in the sky. All the rain in the sky. All the reflected streetlights in the sky! Anyone can see the 'sky'!

From the blackness of New Mexico he can't see the sky....

....all he and his plethora of 'ordinary' cameras can see is the rest of the universe.

Not the Milky Way; on a good night I might see that!

Not the Local Group, I would hate him just for seeing that!

His cameras can see the rest of eternity!

And now I can too. I don't have to drive into the New Mexico desert (good job, too far from downtown Newbury!).

I don't even have to get my 'scopes out; which is just as well as the clouds haven't cleared here since the last Preston Guild!

This app is not like your ordinary app. It doesn't do anything! It doesn't turn my oven on, it doesn't let me see how my leeks are doing in my garden.

What it does do is let me see eternity, long before I shuffle off this mortal coil and float off to be part of it.

This app is worth twice as much, just for the sheer effort that I don't have to expend to see what Nick's cameras saw. Which is just about everything that it is possible to see.

Amazing! Utterly amazing!

Truly an Amazing app, captivating and awe inspiring.

This map is brilliant, it shows you a huge variety of astronomical objects, including Stars, Galaxies, Nebulas, Planets, Satellites, comets / asteroids and much more! With really in depth information about them.
The visuals of the app are amazing, it looks so sharp and beautiful, with many customisation options. The interactive sounds are brilliant too. The music track is great and adds another layer of immersion, but I would like to see more variety of music tracks, that would be amazing.
I seriously recommend this app, it's just staggering. It even notifies you astronomical events such as meteor showers! I'm enjoying this app as an adult, but this would also be amazing for children! Providing a great amount of education about the universe. Definitely worth the money:

Needs slightly refining.

This would be perfect if it look some little features into mind. I have another app for free which is called sky view free, when I boot it up it has a pointer in the middle of the screen to show exactly where you're looking, a camera feature and as soon as it loads it's gps feature kicks in instead of having to activate it. It also makes planets and satellites easier to spot. Implement those simple features and this will be even better. Or give the option to toggle them.

Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone
  • £2.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 6.0.2
  • Size: 193 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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