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Best Android Applications: Google Sky Map

Published on April 25, 2012 by in mobile

Why do you need this application? 

Have you ever looked up into a clear night sky and wondered if you are looking at a star or a planet?  Well wonder no more with Google’s free app called Google Sky Map.  Your android phone is turned into a viewfinder of the cosmos and with one push of a button you can explore the galaxy without a spaceship.  Scroll down for a more in depth description of how the app works. 

 

Link:  http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/

 

What is Sky Map?

Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a window on the night sky. It will identify objects that appear in the sky and allow users to search for them.

How can I get Sky Map?

The app is available for download at the Google Play.

 

Where is Sky Map be available?

Sky Map can be downloaded from the Google Play in countries where an Android-powered device is available.

Is the app available only in English?

The app is currently available in over a dozen languages.

Does the app work on all Android-powered devices?

Yes, the device will work on all Android-powered devices running Android 1.5 or higher. If a device is released that does not have a compass functionality, the app will work only in manual mode.

How does Sky Map work?

The app uses Android-powered devices’ built-in compass, GPS, and clock to display an annotated Sky Map of the area it is facing. The map will adjust as the user moves the device. If a device is released that does not have a compass, the app will work only in manual mode.

What can I do with Sky Map?

Sky Map enables users to identify stars and planets by pointing their devices towards these objects in the sky. Sky Map automatically adjusts to identify on the device’s screen the objects it is facing. Users can zoom in and out, and switch various layers such as constellations, planets, grids, and deep sky objects, on and off, choosing to make these elements visible or not. Users can also determine the locations of planets and stars relative to their own current locations with the search function. Inputting the name of a planet or star will direct users towards this object. A user may also explore the cosmos manually and move through the sky by touching the screen instead of having it adjust automatically.

Does Sky Map use the device’s camera to determine what you see on the screen?

No, Sky Map does not make use of the camera.

Does Sky Map work during the daytime?

Yes, the app works at all times and does not require stars to be visible.

How many planets are visible in Sky Map? How many stars?

Over one thousand stars and all of the planets in our solar system are searchable and visible in the app. Users can also view and search for constellations and individual stars.

Is this Google Sky for Android? How is it different?

Sky Map is not Google Sky for Android. These are two different applications with different functionalities.

Can I use Sky Map to help orient myself by searching for Polaris (the North Star)?

Yes, with the Search tool, users can input the names of planets and stars and they will be guided to the current locations of these objects. A user could search for Polaris and orient themselves according to the current location of the North star.

Is it possible to search for constellations named after astrological signs (Aquarius, Capricorn, etc)?

Yes, with the Search tool, users can input the names of constellations and they will be guided to the current location of these objects.

 
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