Greetings techies, it’s that time of the week again! Today’s App Of The Week is Star Walk 2. As always, I wouldn’t recommend an app that I didn’t use myself.
Star Walk 2 is a seriously cool app, even if you’re not an amateur astronomer. If you’re hanging out with a group of friends and someone asks what direction the Moon will rise, or what constellations will be visible tonight, you can pull out your phone and show them. Not just constellations; with Star Walk 2 you can see live meteor showers, go deep into space to see galaxies and other stars, go backward and forward in time to see what the sky will look like in two hours, or two days ago.
Features of Star Walk 2
- 3D visualization
- Object tracking – including the International Space Station, meteors, satellites, etc.
- Night Mode – preserves night vision using red elements against a black background
- Time Machine – go backward and forward in time
- Search – search for constellations, planets, galaxies/nebulae, stars and more
- Filters – view the universe in different versions of the light spectrum
There’s another cool feature called Augmented Stargazing, where you use the phone’s camera to look at your view of the sky, with constellations overlaid on the screen. Using the filters is pretty neat as well, and this is something that actual astronomers use to filter out space dust, or to purposely see space dust and gases when viewing nebulae. and get a better view of space objects. The different filters are based on the electromagnetic spectrum, which includes Gamma Ray, X-Ray, Visible light, H-alpha, Infrared, Microwave, and Radio waves.
Created by Vito Technology, they say it’s the first app to use three-dimensional representations of planetary nebulae. With constellations, the app even provides detailed articles about history and myths that have been linked to them.
The app, which is available on Android and iOS, is $3, with in-app purchases to unlock things such as Deep Sky Objects and Satellite Viewer. On iOS the app is universal, meaning it’s available for both iPad and iPhone.