Technology has brought a revolution in every field and astronomy isn’t untouched by it. Today I am going to share with you some of the best astronomy apps out there on the web. Although you will most probably find me with books, pen, and paper, I use and find extremely useful a lot of apps. I’ve been seeing some great apps in the last few years, of great importance to any astronomy lover. I must say, the astronomy apps I’m going to talk about here are good for any level of knowledge. Some of them are indeed meant for beginners, but the package and stuff they have are interesting to everybody, that’s for sure.
The Best Astronomy Apps
The list of the best astronomy apps is topped by Stellarium. I’ve been participating in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad for 3 years now, and I’ve been using this application since I started learning astronomy. If you ask most of the students on the national team, they will tell you that most of their preparation for the observational round of the international Olympiad, they’ve been learning from Stellarium.
Why is this application so good? To begin with, it is the best app that shows you the night sky, at any moment in time you want. Also, you can press the “Play” button, choose a speed, and watch the stars moving on their path through the night. Besides that, the app is great as it highlights the constellations, main stars, paths of their planets on their orbit, satellites, and so on. The app is also great for its other features, such as the on-map options to see the azimuthal grid and the equatorial grid. You also get to see the deep-sky objects visible.
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And so we come to another great feature of the application, and that is, in brief, the information. You have access to so much information! Just by clicking on a star, or galaxy, or nebula, or whatever you see in the sky, you get full data on the object’s type, apparent magnitude, absolute magnitude, distance, or position in the sky. That is extremely useful for any amateur. It is also useful for any serious learner, of course. I learned the main stars’ magnitudes just by checking out Stellarium now and then.
Also coming from the extremely interesting Stepan Brychta, the creator of “Quantum App”, we have this app, “Universe”, discussing the Cosmos this time. It explains as good as possible the most important topics in cosmology, and so it makes it essential for astronomy and astrophysics lovers.
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Universe lovers! Now, what’s better than checking out some beautiful pictures of the Earth or Moon from time to time? Checking out a whole archive of pictures with almost all the objects in the Universe, I’d say. Even better: “Space Images” is an official JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, of NASA) app. The collection is coming from NASA itself.
You can choose from a lot of categories, see pictures by missions, or planets, or stars. Also, there is the “Favorites” feature, which lets you save your favorite pictures into your personal library. The app is as awesome as it sounds. Definitely check it out.
Great app, coming from some great guys. It helps you be in touch with every space launch in the world, and it has a great interface and very interesting features to do so. One of these interesting features of the app is the “History” one, which provides a fairly good history of spaceflight.
The “Space launch now” application tracks all the launches of NASA, SpaceX, Orbital/ATK, Roscosmos, ESA, JAXA, and many more. Also, besides giving the history of spaceflight, you can check profiles of astronauts or vehicle information. Space launch now is one of the great astronomy apps out there on the web.
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Want to be in touch with the last astronomy and astrophysics news? Then check out this app “Space and Astronomy news“. My favorite feature of it is that it lets me choose my domains of interest, and makes a personalized feed for me. That I find great. Want to see NASA, black holes, and solar science news? No problem. Space exploration? Maybe want to follow a particular rocket?
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I tried to give you some of the astronomy apps that I find extremely interesting and useful, regarding my field of study. I hope I did well. Of course, there are many more. One I forgot to mention, is “Moon Atlas 3D”. Sorry, it just hit me now.
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