Sky & Telescope has released its new SkyWeek Plus app, which combines all the good stuff of our regular SkyWeek app with new reminder and breaking-sky-news features.I’m what my mother calls a “space cadet”: I remember diddly-squat. Whatever it is — a birthday party, a bill to pay, new black hole research to blog about — if I don’t write it down, I space. It’s not intentional, I swear. I just forget everything.
If you, too, survive via calendars and to-do lists, then our new SkyWeek Plus app is for you. It takes the great features of our regular SkyWeek app — the daily what’s-in-the-sky info with sky chart, weekly planet roundup, and night-vision feature to protect your keen eyesight — and adds two new cool features. Each entry now has a “CAL” button, which allows you to add reminders for sky events to your calendar with a couple of fingerswipes. (Or if you’re really ambitious, you can add all events at once.) You’ll also receive alerts from Sky & Telescope’s editors when newsworthy events hit the wires. If we hear about a bright nova like the one that erupted in Sagittarius this summer, or the possibility of low-latitude auroras, we’ll send you a push notification telling you where and when to look. We promise not to pester you too often: only when we think it’s worth your time.
A couple of disclaimers: SkyWeek Plus is available for iPhones and iPads but not for non-Apple devices. Our regular SkyWeek app does work on non-Apple devices, though, so if you have an Android don’t throw up your hands in despair. (But feel free to grumble a little if you’re so inclined. Hey, we do it all the time.)
Also, SkyWeek and SkyWeek Plus’s text descriptions are for the world’s mid-northern latitudes, so if you’re observing from the Southern Hemisphere the current apps probably won’t be that useful to you.