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Star Chart

by Escapist Games Limited
Rated: All Ages
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)

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Latest Updates

What's new in version 3.0.07
  • A bug update with many features, bug fixes and enhancements.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004VSHFXW
  • Release Date: April 8, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Augmented Reality night sky star gazing (on supported devices).
  • Accurately depicts all the visible stars of the northern and southern hemispheres - a total of over 120,000 stars!
  • Fly to and explore all the planets of the solar system, their moons and the sun all rendered in beautiful 3D with state of the art visual effects.
  • Displays all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
  • Includes entire Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.

Product Description

Star Chart sports more than 12 Million users and is the top Educational & Augmented Reality star gazing app - download and find out why!

You can now have a virtual planetarium in your pocket! Look through the eyes of your Android device* to see a virtual window into the whole visible universe.

All you have to do is point your Android device at the sky and Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at.

Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe, and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real time - the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!

Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your device at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!

Want to know what the night sky looks like to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your device down!

Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and more.

Star Charts features include:
- Just point and view. No need to scroll around the screen to find out what you are looking at*.
- Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures – perfect for armchair astronomers!
- Voice Control: Explore the solar system with commands like: "Fly me to the Moon" / "Go to Saturn" / "Tour Mars" / "Look at Andromeda" / "Where is the Cigar Galaxy?"[English only]
- Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky whilst holding your Android device at any angle.
- Accurately depicts all the visible stars of the northern and southern hemispheres - a total of over 120,000 stars!
- Fly to and explore all the planets of the solar system, their moons and the sun all rendered in beautiful 3D with state of the art visual effects.
- Displays all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.
- Includes entire Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.
- Using the powerful Time Shift feature allows you to shift up to 10,000 years forward or backward in time.
- Tap on anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance and brightness.
- Very powerful zoom function, lets you view the sky in extra detail, using intuitive finger gestures.
- Fully configurable. Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in.
- Allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon. So now you can see where the sun is, even at night!
- Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world.
- Full search feature

So point your Android device at the sky and see what's out there!

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Escapist Games will update Star Chart regularly, so please send us your feedback and features requests to starchart@escapistgames.com … thanks!

* Augmented Reality (AR) mode only available if your device supports it, as this feature requires a built-in compass. Manual scrolling is supported on all other devices.

Star Chart does not require internet access for normal usage. Internet access is only required initially to verify the license and subsequently when accessing the support page.

Technical Details

  • Size: 49.1MB
  • Version: 3.0.07
  • Developed By: Escapist Games Limited (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Access location information
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access information about networks
    • Record audio
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Approximate Download Time: More than 5 minutes

Customer Reviews

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434 of 454 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire users please read! December 29, 2011
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Now, the kindle fire does not have a GPS, so this app requires an extra step. you need to enter your own latitude and longitude. It's easy to find though because it only needs two decimal points. No long numbers to enter. This app is still a lot of fun. you hold it to match the sky and drag the kindle picture to follow your view. It has subtle underlying art of the constellations and has information about anything you tap. It's enough fun that it's worth entering the coordinates. One thing you can do is make a document listing the coordinates to places you often go and places you will be going.
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182 of 200 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great app for the Fire December 15, 2011
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Nice app the only drawback on the Fire is that you have to manually enter your long and lat, just go to the google site that tells you where you are from address and enter.
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120 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty, works great, no rotation in touch mode July 29, 2011
Verified Purchase
Star Chart is a very pretty application. It works great on my Motorola Xoom. Star Chart is much prettier than Google's Sky Map, but two features which that program has, that this program needs, are support for multi-touch rotation and time travel modes. Currently I haven't found any way to rotate the display when I am using the touch interface (am I missing something?).

For the search function I like the way Google's Sky Map does it a little better than Star Chart, but I like Star Chart's information display much better.

With Google's Sky Map out there I'm not sure I would have paid $3 for this app (though I might have), but for free I'll definitely use it instead and go back to Sky Map only for historical skies.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for in an astronomy app December 18, 2011
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One of the things I was really looking forward to doing with my new kindle fire was to locate different constellations using an astronomy app. I looked for several weeks before this app turned up and bought it instantly. This app is absolutely gorgeous. It is fully functional on the Kindle fire and also works very well on my wife's new HTC Rezound. On the kindle you will have to set your LAT/LONG and scroll through the constellations using your finger, but that is what I expected to do with a tablet that does not have GPS capability.

I tested this app last night. There were only a small handful of stars visible and I noticed the brightest object in the sky and held the HTC rezound up to check it out. The app told me it was Sirius and a quick google search confirms that this is the brightest star visible from earth. I found another bright object that the app instantly informed me was Jupiter. I was impressed but still skeptical. Finally, I noticed Orien's belt. If you are like me, this is one of only a handful of constellations that is recognizable. After holding up the phone it correctly identified it as Orien and I was instantly assured it was the real deal.

Other features include a red nightmode to preserve night vision, the ability to manually scroll on any device, and beautiful overlays of the constellation pictures which can be toggled on or off. You can also search for various objects in the sky and a little arrow will direct you to the location.

In short, this app is perfect for enthusiasts like myself. It works perfectly on my android phone and manually with the Kindle Fire.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work the same for everyone July 29, 2011
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Test devices:
Samsung Epic, Android 2.2 official
Viewsonic gTablet, Calkulin+Clemsyn 1.5ghz Froyo Combo V6

Oh, look at the stars! Sweet! Well, if you live somewhere that you can really see them anyhow. (Sorry city folk, but you might be out of luck and fine this app worthless until you go camping.) A great way to look up and get an idea of what you're seeing, or what you should be seeing. Star and constellation names, fade in and out representations of the constellations, drop down info menus for each star, the works. Even has a night display mode which reconfigures the screen colors so you're not blinded by your phone/tablet while you stargaze. A very nice app, regardless if you're using your eyes or a telescope to look out at the universe.

Now, this app is written in such a manner that it functions the best possible with any given Android device. Note, not the *same* on every device, but the best is can on each device. As such, some things will work and some things won't on any given device. My Epic and gTablet are an excellent example. The Epic has a built in digital compass and GPS while the gTablet doesn't. With the Epic, the AR worked great. I could turn about, look up, look down, and the Star Chart would follow my movements so that I could reference back to it quickly on what I was seeing in the sky. Because the gTablet lacked the hardware needed for AR and locating, Star Chart located me by timezone (can also locate by longitude/latitude if you enter the coordinates) and used that information to give me a sky view. All I needed to do was match the sky with the app (or the other way around) and I was good to go. When I moved, I manually scrolled the view by touch to keep the chart relevant to what I was looking at.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's nice, but it's no Google Sky July 29, 2011
By Paul S.
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To start, downloaded and installed easily, Google G2 rooted.

Pros:
- The incorporation of the visual representation of the constellation is something Google Sky could learn from this.
- Ability to turn on the "AR Mode", rotation based on the phone's physical tilt and position.

Cons:
- Slow to move around, lags when moving and zooming in or out.
- The contrast of the constellation lines aren't very defined, blue on dark blue.

I'm a big fan of Google Sky, hells it's even free. The incorporation of the visual representation of the compilations is something Google Sky could learn from. Honestly, the one thing that hold me back from fully switching is the lagging when moving. Otherwise, it's not a bad app at all, but I wouldn't pay $3 for it since Google Sky is free.
(This is NOT a fake review, nor am I bias about either app...unlike some people that don't know how to actually review something. I guess we can't all use our brains at once.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this app
I love this app. The auto feature works pretty good, its not perfect but this great for casual observing.
Published 4 days ago by Jacob M. Kroon
4.0 out of 5 stars star chart
good help
Published 5 days ago by Raymond Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to understand and use.
Published 7 days ago by Pam Kautter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 7 days ago by Glen smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not work with fire phone now.
Latest fire phone build killed this cool app.
Published 7 days ago by silverslim
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Chart App Review
It shows not only the constellations and planets in your hemisphere, but also the ones in the other hemisphere. Read more
Published 13 days ago by tom kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars ... fully able to understand now with this app it's fun and my...
I have always wanted to learn about the stars and wear their at not fully able to understand now with this app it's fun and my preschoolers have fun to
Published 17 days ago by Debbie Page
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong direction
This app doesn't know which way is North. As a consequence, it doesn't show the stars in their correct locations. The directions to calibrate my device don't work either.
Published 18 days ago by Ben
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Chart
Basic App is Free, if you want to do anything with it, you have to buy the requisite data package.
Published 20 days ago by Ed Felty
4.0 out of 5 stars 😯 help please
I bought all the expansion packs and I switched device's and now I can't re-download them or buy them. 😯
Published 20 days ago by Aaron Lewis
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