All-New Star Walk 2 Launched on iOS
Alexandria, Virginia — August 21, 2014 — Vito Technology (vitotechnology.com), the award-winning developer of educational apps for Android and iOS, today launched Star Walk 2, the next generation of company's best-selling stargazing guide, that has surpassed 10 million downloads to date. New features include all-new interface design, true-to-life 3D visualization of constellations, deep sky objects, and man-made satellites.
Redesigned from the inside out, new Star Walk 2 is a much faster and smoother app, that combined with a cleaner and simpler interface delivers an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All-new exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art and stunning new sound effects create an unforgettable stargazing tool.
Important addition to the app was made in cooperation with scientists of Braunschweig University of Technology, who have been working on volumetric visualisation of deep space objects. As a result of this partnership, Star Walk 2 is the first astronomy guide to introduce plausible three-dimensional models of planetary nebulae.
Star groupings of the 88 officially recognised constellations are also presented in volume. Users can see them as separate entities, turn them around and take a look from the other side. Complemented by articles on connected myths and history, this is the most comprehensive collection of information on constellations.
Star Walk 2 is a sequel of the well-known Star Walk app that was released back in 2008 and has acquired more than 10 million users across the world on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, and Windows Phone. It’s been an educational best-seller for over five years and won multiple awards, including Apple Design Award in 2010. Star Walk lets you easily find and identify thousands of stars, satellites, and comets in real time. Using built-in digital compass and motion tracking, this stargazing guide turns your phone into a full-on planetarium.
NEW IN STAR WALK 2
All-new stunning design
- New simpler and cleaner interface in vibrant colors for retina displays - Atmospheric visual and sound effects, stirring soundtrack - Exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art
Incredible 3D models of celestial bodies
- Planetary nebulae* - Constellations* - Dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids* - Man-made satellites*
*Available through In-App Purchase. Constellations are available for free for limited time.
Real-time motion tracking
As you hold your phone up and point it towards the sky, Star Walk 2 follows your motions using the built-in gyroscope to match the map on your screen to the stars seen from your location. Easily find any star, constellation, or satellite in the sky by tapping Search. Star Walk will indicate the direction to look in.
New point of view
Unlike on a plain photograph, every star in Star Walk 2 has coordinates. That means you can look at objects, for instance, a constellation from any vantage point in space, not to mention the ultimate accuracy of your map for your exact location.
Now and later
Star Walk 2 gives you accurate daily data on current moon phase, time of sunset and sunrise, and elevation of planets. With just one slide you can see how the sky will look later tonight or throughout the year.
Special night-time soft red mode will help you preserve night vision when stargazing with a telescope. You can see the sky in X-Ray (and 5 more filters) to study the invisible structure of the universe. Live tracking for over 8,000 satellites will help you catch iridium flares, and detailed articles will satisfy the most curious inquirer.