If you’ve ever said to yourself “I’d like to learn the constellations” or wondered “Is that a star or a planet?”, Sky Walk 2 from Vito Technology is the app you’ve been looking for.
It couldn’t be easier to use: Point your iPad at something in the night sky and Sky Walk 2 will identify it. It acts as a heads-up display for the stars, constellations, planets, and more. What’s in the sky is shown on the screen, with labels and diagrams. There’s a night mode so you don’t ruin your night vision and a summary screen for when the sun, moon, and major planets are going to rise and set.
Plus you can tap on a star to see what it looks like up close. With a free extra tool you can take a sort of galactic tour by seeing the constellations in 3D. A 99 cent add-on will identify any overhead satellites.
Vito has worked hard to create a beautiful app. Everything is logically arranged, and constellation diagrams are done in an crystalline style that’s simply spectacular.
If you buy the iPad version, you can also install Sky Walk 2 on your iPhone, but it looks best on a tablet – it’s hard to capture the magnificence of the stars on a small screen.
If you live anywhere away from a major city, you really should be able to pick out the major constellations and tell the difference between Jupiter and Vega, and this app can make learning them easy. Winter is the best time of year to observe the sky because cold air is more still and everything is clearer, so download Sky Walk 2 ($2.99) today.