SkyGuide Astronomy App

Fifth Star Labs

Available in the iTunes App Store

Nick Risinger
Astrophotographer Nick Risinger teams up with Fifth Star Labs to produce SkyGuide ($1.99), an app for Apple mobile devices that shows you what’s up in the sky. The

app is based on Risinger’s all-sky mosaic that he assembled from more than 37,000 images into a deep, seamless view of the Milky Way Galaxy (S&T: February 2012, page 70). SkyGuide automatically

aligns itself to your surroundings using your device’s built-in gyroscope and compass. Simply hold your device up and SkyGuide will match its display to the direction you’re looking, revealing

planets, stars, and nebulae in vivid color. Users can set the intensity of stars by dragging two fingers across the screen to best match their local viewing conditions. Touching any bright star

or object opens a window with extensive historical and scientific information on the target. SkyGuide is compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, iPad 2, and iPod touch 4th generation and higher. See

the Apple App Store for more information.

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