The Universe in your hands!
Star Walk is an award-winning Education app that allows users to easily locate and identify 20,000+ objects in the night sky. The 360-degree, touch control star map displays constellations, stars, planets, satellites, and galaxies currently overhead from anywhere on Earth. Highly praised and the winner of a 2010 Apple Design Award, the latest update allows users to enjoy unprecedented eye candy and interactivity of the star map, achieved with the new camera and high resolution of the new device. *No Internet connection required*
The new version includes comprehensive stargazing calendar that shows all visible celestial events for your area, explains their nature and sets a reminder in iCal for ones you chose to see. Other additions include comet tracking and iridium flares.
Augmented Reality allows users to point-and-display the sky as on any device with digital compass and camera. The same mechanism helps calibrate iPhone 4 compass to eliminate error margin completely.
- Stargazing Community - Twitter integration for iOS 5.1
- Augmented Reality
- Satellites Tracking - find out where exactly the ISS is right now! (8000+ satellites)
- Calendar of Celestial events
- TELRAD: advanced feature to help you measure angular distance between nearby stars. Can be turned on/off in Settings menu.
Star Walk was mentioned by Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman, as his favorite iPhone app:
"For the record, the chairman’s favorite iPhone app is Vito Technology’s Star Walk, a simple astronomy application that harnesses the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to present an on-screen view of what stars and constellations should be visible on a clear night from your current location."
- Arik Hesseldahl, at BusinessWeek
Duran Duran's keyboard Nick Rhodes mentions Star Walk as his favorite app:
"With the Star Walk app, if you hold your iPod up towards the sky, you can see all the stars and constellations. It even tells you the names of all the planets. Then, if you point it towards the ground, it shows you what all the stars are in the other hemisphere. It’s brilliant, and if you’re ever somewhere with a clear sky and no light pollution, it’s a revelation. It’s beautifully designed and makes clever use of the available technology. I’m fascinated by astronomy, but even if you’re not, give this a go."
- Nick Rhodes, at Daily Mail