Satellite Safari

Southern Stars

123 Tenth St., San Francisco, CA 94103

415-671-6254; southernstars.com

Sean Walker
Southern Stars has released its newest astronomy app: Satellite Safari ($4.99). This app for Apple and Android mobile devices shows you the positions of hundreds of artificial satellites in real time. The app lets you view the positions of the International Space Station and many other large satellites. It also plots an object’s visibility radius as seen from the ground — or you can switch to the satellite’s point of view to see a simulation of the sky and Earth as they would appear from the spacecraft’s perspective. Satellite Safari tells you where bright satellites will appear in your local sky and updates orbital data each day. And when the Southern Stars SkyCube is launched later this year, Satellite Safari will allow you to request your own photographs of Earth from space or broadcast radio messages and tweets. Satellite Safari is compatible with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch models using iOS 5 or later, and Android devices running 2.2 (Froyo) or later. See the developer’s website for more information.

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