AH Feature: Top 10 Best Android Astronomy Apps

January 16, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt


When it came to checking out Astronomy Apps, I was in for a BIG surprise, for a number of reasons…first, there are way more apps available than I would ever imagine for this topic – secondly, these apps are not used by many people and it was hard to find many that had been downloaded by lots of users, other than the Google Sky Map – and lastly, the really good ones cost money, and a couple of them cost a lot of money, however, as vast as the universe is, these developers would have to load a massive amount of data for the heavens! All of these apps are good, however the top couple are outstanding, if not expensive, but I included them any way, because if you are serious about astronomy, then you want an app that is accurate, complete, and will do it all for you.


10. Night Sky Tools – Astronomy

Night Sky Tools - Astronomy

This app calls itself Night Sky “Tools,” and that is exactly what it is – astronomical tools and charts for those interested in astronomy.  The app does not require an internet connection for most of the information, since much stargazing can be in out of way places where a connection may not be possible.  It has a night mode that turns the screen display to red, for easier night observations.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


9. Planetarium


This app gives you information about the main celestial objects, such as, the Sun, Moon, the eight planets, and constellations based on the position of the observer, date, time, and time zone.  The app is designed with a beautiful user interface and screens. GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


8. Vortex Planetarium – Astronomy

Vortex Planetarium - Astronomy

One of the most complete planetariums on the Play Store – allows you to gaze at the sky from in the comfort of your living room.  If you device has a rear facing camera, experience true augmented reality with their sky map overlaid onto the real world – a unique experience not available on any other Android planetarium.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


7. Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

You get the latest pictures from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) and each image can be automatically downloaded and used as your wallpaper – automatically get a new wallpaper displayed every day.  You are also able to read interesting facts about the pictures of the universe – expand your horizons.  You also have access to previous images from (APOD), can read their descriptions, and use them as wallpapers as well. GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


6. Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

This is also a full-featured planetarium for your phone that you carry around, to use whenever you need to gaze at the stars.  The sensor control will enable you to identify what you see in the sky in just a few seconds by pointing your phone at the object.  There are over 600,000 stars displayed in a real-time zoom-able sky map and there are 3D renderings of the major solar system planets and their satellites.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


5. Star Chart

Star Chart

This app is listed as a top “Educational & Augmented Reality star-gazing app that is used by more than 10 million people.  Star Chart puts a virtual planetarium right in your pocket.  It uses state of the art GPS technology, a 3D universe, that calculates – in real-time – and the current location of every star and planet visible from earth.  If you want to know the name of that bright spot in the sky – just point your device at it and you may find out that it’s a planet.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


4. Distant Suns (max)

Distant Suns (max)

This app was a Family Category finalist in TabTimes Best Tablet App contest.  It has over 130,000 stars, all 8 planets, the sun and moon, constellations, over 200 galaxies, and nebula and star clusters.  Set your location and then change your date and time to show the sky from a past or future date.  This type of app is a nice experience that the entire family can enjoy together with beautiful graphics.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


3. SkEye | Astronomy

SkEye - Astronomy

This app is an advanced Planetarium on your smartphone that can be used as a PUSHTO guide for telescopes.  Jump to any date – past or future – to see what the sky would look like on that night.  See all solar system objects including stars, constellations, all eight planets and the four Galilean moons.  There will be future updates to allow you to see deep space objects, Satellites and Asteroids.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


2. Mobile Observatory – Astronomy

Mobile Observatory - Astronomy

This app will run you $4.99, but it is worth all 499 pennies that you will spend, if you’re into astronomy.  This is the perfect tool for anybody interested in the wonders of the sky – from a simple sky-gazer to an amateur astronomer.  Did you ever forget when Jupiter and the moon meet in the sky…or want to know every time a celestial event occurs…this app will notify your smartphone each time a special event takes place in the sky above you.  You get a live and “zoom-able” map of the sky and in-depth information about everything you can see.  This is definitely a heavy-duty type app, just updated the first of December, has many downloads, over 3,100 reviews with a rating of 4.7 out of 5.0, and over 4,700 Google+s. GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.


1. SkySafari Pro

SkySafari Pro

This Pro Version will cost you $39.99, but it can completely replace any desktop astronomy software you are currently using.  With this app you can explore the universe from earth or anywhere else in the Milky Way galaxy…with the largest database of any astronomy app with over 15.3 million stars as seen in the Hubble Guide Star catalog.  In addition, there are 740,000 galaxies down to the 18th magnitude and over 580,000 solar system objects, such as every comet and asteroid ever discovered.  Make sure you have at least 1.5GB of free space on your internal SD Card to download the database.  There are just too many features to mention them all here, but if you are into astronomy, then this is the app for you.  GRAB IT HERE from Google Play.

Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you use an astronomy app and which one you would recommend – we would love to hear from you.