- Posted by Westsailor May 27, 2011
- Recommended for Students, Outdoors Enthusiasts or Tech/Social Networking Junkies
This is a really cool app. You can look at 2D or 3D representations of the night sky. The 2D view in 'compass' mode is the best way to get your bearings, however, most of the time, you'll be in the 3D view. You see an artificial green horizon, which is semi-transparent, so, you can tell if something you are looking for is above or below the horizon.
They call it Planets, and the planets, Sun and Moon are what they do best, but I particularly like that they list all of the constellations as well. I would give it five stars if they also listed all of the celestial navigation stars by name, too. There are only a dozen or so, so, it wouldn't clutter things too much. Then I could try out my sextant!
They also have a Visibility view, which I don't find very useful, and a Globe view, which likewise, isn't very useful, though, looks cool.
Just checked the app and we've got three planets almost perfectly aligned with the Sun, and Jupiter (is getting closer). Maybe it is the end of the world after all!