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Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day

By Fifth Star Labs LLC

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

*** Apple Design Award Winner 2014 ***

"Close to perfect."

"The perfect companion for helping you find the stars..."

“Beautiful and informative...a treasure.”

Is it a star or Saturn? Learning what’s 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!

Whether you’re looking for the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or Mars, Sky Guide will satisfy your curiosity. You can search for thousands of celestial sights and be guided exactly where to see them in the sky above you. Just follow the arrow.

Want to watch a satellite pass overhead? Sky Guide features hundreds of visible satellites for you to track. See them rise and chart their paths as they fly through space. We also offer an add-on pack that provides satellite identification, detailed historical information and future flyover times.

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. Or, witness the approach of magnificent comets and see their tails evolve as they fly around the Sun.

Sky Guide contains immersive visuals unlike any star app you have seen before. With exclusive, high-resolution photographs captured by one of the app developers, you’ll witness millions of stars—not just a few thousand simulated points! Plus, you can control the intensity of star light with HDR brightness gestures to dial in your local viewing conditions.

Sky Guide may have few buttons but it has ample content. With richly illustrated and cross-linked articles—many by leading astronomical authors—countless enlightened moments await novice and seasoned stargazers alike.

Plus, Sky Guide functions with or without a Wi-Fi, data, or GPS signal. Take it camping or use it overseas. Everything is at your fingertips at all times, in all places.


• Rich content: Generous amounts of stunning graphics, original artwork, and detailed articles.
• Soundscape: Designed by Mat Jarvis, the most featured composer in the award-winning soundtrack for the game Osmos. Stars have sounds based on their temperature and size.
• Useful anywhere: Works with or without a GPS or data signal. Built-in access to hundreds of articles no matter where you are.
• Time controls: Know where objects will appear in the future with cinematic time-lapse effects.
• Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders.
• HDR brightness gestures: Dynamically control how bright the sky is to match how many stars you can see under light-polluted skies.
• Red night mode: Preserve your dark-adapted eyesight.

Please note: Sky Guide requires a gyroscope, so it doesn't work with iPad 1 or iPhone 3GS and earlier.

What's New in Version 3.2

New feature: FILTER! Tap and hold to X-ray the sky. Explore invisible wonders like supernova remnants, black holes, the cosmic microwave background and more!

More languages! French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Traditional) and Chinese (Simplified).

Performance Improvements: decreased loading times and 64-bit optimizations (on supported devices).


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Customer Reviews


This just gets better & better every time.

The new filters new are gorgeous, add literally multiple layers of new & interesting detail & again, the interface for this is smooth.

---Second review---
Every update gets better & better. This last one has blown my mind. Nicks photos literally come alive with the motion of time. Buying the satellite add on is worth it beyond measure & I'm going to have to consider an iPad Air now just for this app.

I do have to say, some stars are a little too large on this latest version, for example Sirius appears much larger & brighter than Jupiter. But other than that, amazing stuff.

If you haven't got this app yet, treat yourself.

--- Original Review ---
Lots of nice features, slick & of course Nicks photography is amazing.

The devs are genuine people too, I've sent them a couple of messages here & there & they reply quickly & enjoy what they do. I like that.

Can't wait for higher resolution images.


First time I've rated an app, but felt I had to due to the app itself and the customer support. The app itself is unreal, incredible visuals and everything exactly where it should be. I had an issue with the sky being the opposite way round and contacted the customer support. Within minutes they got back to me and within a couple of emails, my issues were solved! I also purchased the satellite option, (in app purchase) and also we'll worth the money. Like I said, first time I've rated an app, and can say, excellent!


Bought my husband a telescope for his birthday ,apart for really seeing the moon in great detail .this app is amazing for giving a fantastic view of nite sky and to pinpoint stars and constellations that I have seen but never knew what they were .even download the satellite and space station addition. Can use just sitting on on sofa in my opinion far better than a telescope don't have to wait for a clear sky

Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £1.49
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: 20 March 2014
  • Version: 3.2
  • Size: 104 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
  • Developer: Fifth Star Labs LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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  1. Satellites£1.49
  2. High Resolution FiltersFree

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