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Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day

By Fifth Star Labs LLC


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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!

*** 2014 Apple Design Award Winner ***

“Want an app to help see eclipses, comets and constellations? This is my favorite.”
–The Washington Post

“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!

Optional Features:

- Sky Guide SUPERMASSIVE. This extensive add-on gives you access to incredible high definition zooming, 50× larger star and deep sky catalogs, and exclusive cinematic tours. SUPERMASSIVE includes a free two-week trial followed by an auto-renewing annual subscription. (See In-App Purchases section for the price available in your country. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your account settings after purchase.)

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.

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What's New in Version 6.2

New Features Added in 6.2!

+ Added some of the best comets in history
+ Added some comets visible in the coming months
+ Added the Chinese space laboratory Tiangong-2
+ Updated the map of Mercury
+ Improved quality of sky imagery
+ Performance improvements

New Optional Features in 6.2!

We’ve been in the lab for the past two years working on something really big. It’s so big, in fact, that only one name seemed to fit: SUPERMASSIVE.

SUPERMASSIVE is an optional add-on for Sky Guide that gives you access to three amazing features:

Enjoy seamless detail in thousands of galaxies, nebulae, clusters and planets!

Dive in to 114 million stars, the complete NGC/IC catalog and so much more.

Discover the cosmos with breathtaking tours, an exclusive audiovisual series.

In short, it’s for people who love astronomy! If you like exploring the beauty and vastness of the universe, this is your ticket. We’re offering a free two-week trial period followed by an annual subscription ($9.99 USD annually, price varies by country) so try it and see if you like it. If you wish to cancel at any time during the trial period, you can find a Manage Your Subscriptions link both in the confirmation email or on the page where you download SUPERMASSIVE.

How do I get it?
Update to the latest version and look for the new SUPERMASSIVE option in the main menu.



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Customer Reviews


New review for huge new update. What are people complaining about with this app? I bet these same people drop $10 on any given trip to McDonalds but can't support $10 for a phenomenal update that makes this app 10x what it was previously? I wonder if those complaining actually took the time to delve into the features of the IAP - seriously it looks like a huge undertaking and well worth the price of two Starbucks coffees a year. I just don't get why people think apps should be free on the iPhone...why people think developers don't earn a living for hard work. Great job on this app update guys - I am purchasing the yearly subscription and I can't wait to use this off and on when my space nerd phases kick in.

Old review: Love this new update! The 3D planets look great. One thing I would love is an update to the Notification Center widget - upcoming celestial events would be nice to see, as well as ISS overhead times. If that widget were more customizable I'd be grateful. Otherwise, phenomenal app and I'm glad you guys keep updating with great features!

Excellent App

This app has been so great to use. It's incredibly easy to learn about the sky you're looking at. Many features have been fun and helpful, but being able to know when the ISS or a satellite is orbiting overhead has been the best for the kids. This app has made learning about Space much more accessible and interactive for our family.

The app functions very smooth, has excellent clarity and beautiful views. Filters are available and pretty simple. Information about planets, nebulas, constellations and galaxies is as simple to find as tapping on the screen. I would recommend this to anyone who is even a little curious about space.

The most comprehensive app of its kind!

EDIT: While The update is greatly appreciated, and yes, the developers didn't have the obligation to upgrade, charging for a "Sky Guide 2.0" would have been more sensible. The subscription model has to justify the annual price with say, planned updates. I think this is why most of the user base is complaining.

ORIGINAL: This app is the pinnacle of the sky maps apps on any platform! It gives you a butter smooth interface, shows and lets you track even satellites, rocket bodies, deep sky objects, Kuiper Belt Objects, comets and more! I have used most apps of this kind and this one takes the cake. There is just to much to type if I were to describe everything. I would buy it again!

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
  • $1.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 6.2
  • Size: 175 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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