dimanche 4 décembre 2016

For space enthusiasts, here is a selection of the four best apps for smartphone & tablet

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Dec. 4, 2016

This article will make you discover or recall the four best space free applications for smartphones running on Android and Apple devices (if available).


Sky Map application icon.

Sky Map by Google - Google Play: 

Sky Map


Sky Map on the Apple Store - iTunes:


Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your device. Use it to identify stars, planets, nebulae and more. Originally developed as Google Sky Map, it has now been donated and open sourced. Displays stars, planets, moon phases, constellations, messier objects and meteor showers. On iPod Touch not supported due to lack of compass.

Asteroid Alert application icon.

Asteroid Alert - Google Play:

Asteroid Alert


This is a scientific application that simulates the solar system dynamics using the information provided by the NASA NEO Program. The Near Earth objects and objects close to other planets will be reported in real time. The advanced graphical interface allows you to monitor the orbits of celestial bodies as a function of the elapsed time.

X rays and protons emitted by Sun are also notified to have a complete view of the dangers from space. Notification of near-Earth objects, notifications of high level emissions coming from the sun (X ray and protons) and more. Not available for Apple devices.

Earth orbit:

Satellite AR application icon.

Satellite AR - Google Play:

Satellite AR


AR Satellite - Apple Store - iTunes:


Ever wondered what satellites (and ISS) are flying above your head when you look up? This app will show them to you using augmented reality. Point your phone's camera to the sky, and small icons track the locations of various satellites. Those in sunlight are colored yellow to help you look for them on a clear night.

ISS HD Live: View Earth Live application icon.

ISS HD Live - Google Play:



Have you seen the Earth from International Space Station like the astronauts? It is visible in a 24/7 live video streaming! If you like space or astronomy, you will like the ISS HD live app.

ISS HD live will show you a live video feed of the Earth from International Space Station directly on your android phone or tablet. ISS HD live offers you an exciting experience where everything is thoroughly thought and designed, the complete app that shows Earth video streaming about 400 km above it, with a lot of options fully customable. You will have available a stunning live HD video streaming to your device screen, directly from the International Space Station cameras.

The app has integrated the native Android Google Map in it, where you can follow the ISS orbit around our planet, zoom, rotate, drag, tilt the map and image capture. Also, you can choose between different types of map, like Satellite or Terrain, and an information window is also presented with data such as ISS speed, altitude, visibility, country above which ISS is right now, latitude and longitude. You will be notified when next sunset or sunrise will occur allowing you to watch it live directly from International Space Station. You will be also notified when special events, such as spacewalk will occur. Not available for Apple devices.

I have all these applications on my smartphone and it work perfectly, the download is free, but you can make a donation to the developers and editors of its applications so that the free software can continue. Have a good time! Best regards, Roland.

Images, Text, Credits: Google/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.

Best regards, Orbiter.ch

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