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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 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.

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.

Want to watch a satellite pass overhead? Sky Guide features hundreds of visible satellites for you to identify and track. You can also schedule reminders or get notifications of when the International Space Station is due to fly over — even on your Apple Watch!

Sky Guide contains immersive visuals unlike any star app you have seen before. With exclusive imagery adapted from high-resolution photographs, you’ll see millions of stars and feel as though you're spacewalking! Or, if you're feeling more earthbound, gesture down the intensity of star light to match an urban view.

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.

Additional Features:

• Apple Watch support: See a calendar of upcoming astronomical events — the full moon, meteor showers, eclipses, and more. Sky Guide can send you a notification when an event is about to happen in the skies above your location. And it will even alert you when the International Space Station is due to fly over — and let you tweet one of its astronauts.

• 3D Touch: See quick previews of any article while browsing the search menu with Peek and Pop. Get quick access to your Favorites, Search, or Satellites from the home screen by pressing on the Sky Guide icon. (3D Touch requires iPhone 6s)

• Notification Center Widget: At-a-glance essentials including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets (requires iOS 8).

• Time-lapse Effects: See star trails when you move through time quickly (supported on devices with A7 processor and higher).

• Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders.

• 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 5.0.1

• Fixed compass problems on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
• Improved performance
• Added two new comets

Version 5.0 release notes:

5.0 has arrived and it's a big one!

Updated for iOS 9
• 3D Touch: See quick previews of any article while browsing the search menu with Peek and Pop. Get quick access to your Favorites, Search, or Satellites from the home screen by pressing on the Sky Guide icon. (3D Touch requires iPhone 6s)
• Multitasking: use Slide Over or Split View on your iPad.
• Spotlight Search: Find popular objects right from your home screen
• Landscape orientation support for all iPhone models
• Planetary deep zoom: Explore the planets at high magnification. Watch the Galilean moons transit and cast shadows onto the stormy atmosphere of Jupiter.
• Gorgeous 3d models for planet articles. Pull down to spin around Saturn's rings or explore the hidden terrain of Venus.
• Multi-page article data: Articles now have sections for different data categories. Swipe horizontally to browse each category. Data updates in real time, including new coordinates for altitude and azimuth.
• Choose custom Do Not Disturb hours for satellite notifications.
• Added new comet: C/2013 US10 (Catalina). It looks like Catalina might put on a great show!
• New font: San Francisco
• UI and performance improvements

Updated for WatchOS 2
• Improved app launch time and performance
• Complications: Select 'Sky Guide' when customizing your Apple Watch face for our very accurate Moon phase. Our Complication supports Time Travel and always stays precisely oriented for your time and location.

Please note: minimum requirements for Sky Guide on Apple Watch are now WatchOS 2.


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Customer Reviews

A must-have!

I absolutely love this app. My 7-year-old son is highly interested in astronomy. I read the reviews on this one and I am 100% glad that I downloaded it. Everything about it is appealing - the graphics, the music, the ability to access more info, and the accuracy. I love getting the alerts too. Just this evening, I received an alert about the International Space Station. Sure enough, we kept our eyes on its projected path and there it was. If you love the stars and constellations, this is the best app out there. Trust me - I downloaded two others and this one is so much better!

This is a must have app!!

I have tried many astronomy/space apps over the past several years. SkyGuide has them all beat. Not even a close contest. Upgrade to the satellite feature and you will be astounded with what you have been missing. Dead on accurate. Superb layout and customization. Great for beginners and advanced alike. This is one of the best overall apps on the market. You must add this to you phone or iPad. You will have near zero regrets one being you should have done it sooner
Quit reading this and buy it now. Then go out and enjoy the evening wonders in the Sky.

Awesome app! Highly recommended!

This is the best astronomy app available. Having used this app for over a year I can easily say it's my favorite app on my phone. The satellite add-on is so awesome and totally worth it. Receiving notifications to go outside and watch the International Space Station track through the sky is something else. The app looks great and the developer actually provides useful updates. If you have any interest in the sky, get this app and you won't regret it.

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: 5.0.1
  • Size: 102 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 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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