The best apps to learn about the stars!

The sky at night has always inspired, fascinated, and filled us with wonder. The good news is, with the level of technology where it is, you can better explore the night sky without having to invest in some serious tech or tools.

For those looking to explore the heavens, these are the best apps and guides for learning more about the sky:

SkyView (Android and iOs)

Created by Terminal Eleven, this app allows you to use your mobile’s screen to create an augmented reality view of the night sky. This allows you to identify stars, planets, and constellations. This app also has a feature that allows you to see what certain portions of the sky looked like at various different points in time.

Night Sky (iOs)

Another augmented-reality creating app, Night Sky makes the most of your iOs’s abilities to create a map that allows you to view thousands of stars, planets, constellations, and satellites in the night sky. This app includes a celestial compass which lets you know what should be visible to you on any given night.

Pocket Universe (iOs)

Loaded with sky maps, as well as augmented reality modes, this app allows you to view the sky above you and label everything you can see, as well as track planets and other objects. There is even an augmented reality mode that allows you to view the solar system within your own living room.

Sky Map (Android)

This was once a Google project, but has since become open source. Sky Map turns your mobile into a planetarium using its sensors and your location to display a map of the sky based on wherever your device is being pointed. This map labels the stars, constellations, planets and satellites around you.