Star Walk is an app for the iPhone and iPad, created by the same company who brought us Solar Walk. It acts as an interactive astronomy guide, allowing you to hold up your device towards the sky and see where all the stars are in real time on the screen, thanks to the built in GPS and accelerometer of your phone or tablet.
When you first open the Star Walk iPhone & iPad App, you’re presented with a bundle of information regarding when each planet will rise and set in the sky, as well as where the sun will rise and set at your current location.
You can use the time line at the top of the screen to see when the sun rises and planet rises change throughout the year, although you will have to manually use the arrows at either side of the time display to do this, as there is no quick way of zooming through time, unfortunately, not at this screen anyway.
Once you exit out of the initial screen, you will see a virtual sky filled with stars and constellations. If you’re outside at this point, preferably at night where, well, you can actually see some stars in the sky, it may be an apt time to find a nice comfy section of grass and relax for a while.
Simply tilt the iPad or iPhone above you whilst looking at the stars, and the all of the constellations will shift on the screen to adapt to your current location, which is tracked via GPS. If all goes to plan, and it worked pretty well for me, you will know just what you’re looking at when you gaze at the stars. And, for a double bonus, you don’t need to make up constellations next time you’re on a date in the middle of nowhere! What’s more romantic than a bit of technology assisted stargazing? Not much, especially for the gadget loving females out there…
If you’re an astronomy lover, then you won’t think twice about paying £2.99 for the Star Walk iPhone & iPad App, it’s well worth every penny, and a really cool app to check out even if you’ve never really been all that interested in what’s going on up there. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a gadget loving female to impress with my new app…
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