Off the Beaten Path
Join me on an adventure. Where will we go today?
The stars fascinate me from my earliest memories of camping and star gazing with my Dad. In college, I was lucky enough to be the teaching assistant for the Astronomy class. My main job was to set up and put up equipment. Recently, I traveled with family members. On the beach, we could see a planet. We were unsure which one it was, so my Uncle pulled up an app and pointed it toward the planet. SkyView is amazing. He uses the Lite, free version. I splurged for the pro edition, $1.99. There are no in-app purchases. The disclaimer states that the user experience varies with different smart devices. The SkyView App identifies all celestial bodies at any time in the past, present, or future. Detailed information on planets, stars, our moon, constellations, satellites, the International Space Station, and rocket bodies are easy to find. SkyView gives full details, such as the name, distance from the earth, radius, and coordinates. The trajectory of the objects in space is easy to follow with a thin dotted line on the screen. It is easy to download. There is an Augmented Reality mode for a more realistic experience. I like to put my finger over the camera and see what is below the horizon. I can see what my friends in Asia are seeing. Outside, the App builds the constellations around the stars I see. I have a telescope, but I will stick with my SkyView App for my stargazing.