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Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

by Noctua Software
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)

Price: $2.58
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.13
  • * Add some settings
  • * Bug fix

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00H1MDH3W
  • Release Date: December 2, 2013
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • realistic render of over 600,000 stars
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • night mode

Product Description

Stellarium Mobile is a fully-featured planetarium for your phone. It shows a realistic night sky map in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

The sensor control will also enable you to identify what you see in the sky in just a few seconds, just by pointing the phone at it!

This award-winning astronomy application is finally available on Android featuring:

* a very intuitive touch-screen interface
* the integration of GPS positioning
* the control of the direction of view using the device accelerometers
* a catalog of over 600,000 stars displayed as a real time zoomable sky map
* a catalog of many nebulae and galaxies, with pictures for some of them
* asterisms and illustrations of the constellations for several sky cultures
* realistic Milky Way
* realistic landscape and atmosphere with sunrise, sunset and light pollution simulation
* 3D rendering of the major solar system planets and their satellites
* night mode (red)


Stellarium mobile is created by two of the original developers of Stellarium, the Desktop version of this famous astronomy and planetarium software.

Technical Details

  • Size: 17.5MB
  • Version: 1.13
  • Developed By: Noctua Software (Privacy Policy Click to see complete result in a new window)
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

Customer Reviews

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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars straight forward and effective December 28, 2013
By Peter
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I have tried a number of star chart apps for mobil devices. Most look cool but you can't actually use them to find and learn the stars in the night sky. They include too many glitzy tricks and not enough basic charting capability. You might think it is cool to point your device at a place in the sky and have it show a fancy artwork constellation... but when you want the overall picture of the sky as it really appears above you to help you identify particular stars, that sort of glitz really is not as helpful as you might first think. And the "celestial music" they play is just a waste of time and memory on your device not to mention annoying.

This app does have "Point to ID" capability with artistic renderings, but you can also shut that off and manually scroll around a chart custom-rendered for your location and time which only shows the basic constellation lines and major star and planet names. This mode better mimics a paper star chart and actually looks like what you see and therefore is very useful and useable.... though not as glitzy. And no music...

I would rate it five stars except that there are a few minor I/O glitches. Mine won't manually take my longitude for instance.... but this is overcome by selecting a location close enough to my actual observing site from their extensive list. (please see edit below)

If you want a star chart app to learn the sars, and not a cocktail conversation starter, this is the app to get.

***

ED: there are no instructions but I found the app entierly intuitive. The choices are pretty self-evident.
If you are a absolute newbie to star gazing you may want to check out a few basic references to understand what you are looking at when you start this app.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best app for star-gazing I've seen thus far. April 16, 2014
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I tend to stick to free apps but this one it worth paying for. It's pretty amazing and has just about everything you would need to see where constellations and other celestial bodies are in the sky. I love that it gives you constellations from other cultures as well.

Some people say this app is hard to use, and no offense to those people but I found it super easy and I'm kind of new to apps.

There are two simple menus, the first is to turn on and off the different settings, like the background, constellation lines and names, planets, etc. One go through and it's obvious what is for what. And the second menu on the left is for changing the background, changing the constellation culture, etc. and also has lots of info about them as well.

All in all, perfect app! I use it often. Getting a new telescope so this app will help me aim it very well!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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In truth, I have never gotten into the technical aspects of stargazing, being a "true" amateur of simply gazing upwards and boldy declaring a slow moving satellite as Sagumtoonerius IV. Well, ignorance aside, I have always devoted a small portion of time looking upwards each and every time I am outside at night. Heh, now with STELLARIUM MOBILE SKY MAP, I can start rectifying my lack of technical knowledge.

What a neat app... and finally one that uses Fine GPS for one of its REAL intended purposes- astronomy! What's more, the GPS Tracking is OFF by default. The initial viewing location is in France, so in order to change to your immediate longitude and latitude, click the Gear in the lower right, then the Wrench to left, and in the upper left a menu of various app settings will appear: local time, landscapes, the GPS toggle, even short educational introductions to various cultural astronomical sciences (Mayans, Mauri, Chinese, etc).

*This Cultural Star Lore setting ALSO draws out the appropiate constellation outlines and names on the sky map! Cool! You have to have the constellation outlines turned on first (Gear, bottom menu, the two top left buttons: outlines, and constellation names), and it is defaulted to Western names when you first open up the app. It also explains why some may experience lag while clicking through the culture tabs.*

No tutorial or such, folks, although there is an online guide available at the developer's website. I still managed to figure everything, yes everything, out in about ten minutes of button pushing.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar performer! December 5, 2013
By BigC
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Very useful app that is easy to use and a bargain at $2.I already use Stellarium on my desktops and laptops so this is familiar.Much neater and less awkward than a big paper chart.Highly recommended for beginners and recreational stargazers like myself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding app! February 21, 2014
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This app is one of the easiest to use and the most realistic as far as what you actually see in the night sky. I've tried a few other apps, and in my opinion they're not as good as this one. It works great for the kindle fire hd too. You can manually put in your latitude and longitude for wherever you are located. Highly recommended!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The night sky revealed! January 3, 2014
By GPF
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I am no astronomer, but I have always noticed the night sky, and was able to pick out the most obvious constellations and stars (Orion, the Big Dipper). I wouldn't find any others, and forget about the stars and their names. This is a handy little app that brings the sky to your kindle, and has the constellations shown in real time for your location (adjustable). Easily allows identification of stars and planets,with associated information about distances, brightness, and type of star. May be moved backward or forward, is easy to use, and has the option of showing the "artist" version of each constellation as well as just stars. I am now confident that I can locate and identify anything that appears overhead each night for any time of the year. Fun and educational!
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