Space has always fascinated me and years ago, Dad bought a circular sky chart that had the constellations and planets on it that you could align with your location to identify the stars in the night sky. Of course, we now have apps and GPS to make the whole process simpler.
Star Tracker is one of the best apps I’ve found so far and the thrill of turning my tablet above my head and seeing the stars above clearly identified is great. Finding Jupiter just above the horizon tonight and recognising it’s reddish tint was exciting.
From the description: “It’s the mobile planetarium in your pocket, designed for astronomy fans to explore the universe. Just hold up and point your device at the sky and StarTracker will tell you exactly what stars, constellations and deep sky objects you are looking at in realtime. Full utilization of the build-in gyroscope, digital compass and accelerometer drive the best user experience.”
The reviews in the store are oddly different with many saying it works great for them while others are disapointed, it may be the device they are using it on, I found it worked well on my Nexus 7 tablet – it was fast and accurate.
Give it a try and if you have another star app you like, please let us know in the comments.
Star Tracker – Mobile Sky Map
Price : FREE
Size : 7.7Mb
Needs : 3.0+