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June 20, 2010 / jamieai

2 great sky map apps


Fireflies are dancing in the yard tonight against a brightly lit moon. I use two great sky maps to view the heavens:

  • Stellarium: A free desktop application for Linux, Mac and Windows with a catalog of more than 600,000 stars. The app displays asterisms and illustrations of the constellations for twelve cultures. Stellarium displays a realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset from your location or any location that you enter. Zoom, time control and telescopic control are included. This is a fantastic application for star gazers.
  • Google Sky Map: A free Android app. Orientation sensors show an accurate star map for your location. Explore planets, stars, constellations with this app. This is a terrific app from Google.
  • Do you use these apps, or know about other sky map apps?

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