Man has been looking to the stars since the dawn of time. Now you can make your star gazing experience truly exciting with the Star Walk for iPad app. This app lets you track and discover more than 9,000 stars, planets, constellations and messiers. Star Walk has long been a top app for the iPhone and its iPad version has been in the top 20 since the iPad launched.
When you launch Star Walk, it finds your location and a screen appears showing all the major planets, stars and constellations visible from your location.
Simply hold your iPad to the sky and your screen instantly displays and tracks the night sky. Move your iPad up, down, left or right and your screen updates based on the iPad’s current position.
Star Walk uses the iPad’s built in location detection capability to determine your location, along with its compass and acceleraometers to track as you move and tilt your screen, allowing it to display the night sky in real time.
This combination provides viewers an augmented reality experience that you’ve probably only experienced in a planetarium. Star Walk and an iPad delivers this power to the palm of your hands.
Other nice touches include, the Time Machine feature which show the night sky over a multiple year period. Sky Live gives you a view of the moon’s phases and elevation, as well as rising data for the Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter and Venus. Picture of the Day gives you access to a nice library of space imagery.
Star Walk for iPad is a must have app for any star gazer who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered the name of a star or the location of a planet.
You can purchase Star Walk for iPad from the App Store for $4.99.
What we liked: Innovative app with great features. Easy to use interface lets anyone explore and discover the night sky.
What we didn’t like: It would be nice to track man made objects such as the International Space Station, Space Shuttle or satellites.
Should you buy: If you like looking at stars and planets or simply want an app to wow your friends, Star Walk for iPad is a top pick. PadGadget recommend.
- App Name: Star Walk for iPad – interactive astronomy guide
- Developer: Vito Technology Inc.
- Category: Education
- Price: $4.99