On April 12th, 1961, Yuri Gagarin (the lucky duck) was the first human to ever travel in to space. Now every year Space Generation Advisory Council throws Yuri’s Night(or World Space Party) to commemorate that monumental occasion. It is a worldwide event full of music, art, and culture, and of course, looking up to the stars.
If you spend your nights gazing starwards, or wish you knew what constellation you were looking at: pull that smartphone out of your pocket! We have some great apps to guide you through the night sky, whether you're a novice or an expert.
Keep reading…because these apps will help you reach for the stars!
A phenomenal astronomy app. Sky Map is an awesome tool to see the stars and planets from wherever you might be. It is without a doubt the best app for a summer’s night, because it lets you - through Google’s best tech - observe from your position what constellations and planets are right above you.
You’ll love it if you want to spend a romantic night stargazing or showing the constellations to your kids. It’s perfect for learning the map of night sky!
Here’s another stellar guide to the stars. Star Walk is a beautiful, cheap, out of this world app for enjoying the constellations. While you move your smartphone around the night sky, it shows you the stars and planets you’re looking at. It also has facts and up-to-date info about planets and constellations.
Wish you could catch a glimpse of the International Space Station? Or see other wicked awesome space stuff in the sky? ISS Detector alerts you when something totally heavenly and dazzling is happening over your head, and where to look for it. You can also access a calendar of major astronomical events, program alerts, and know if the sky is clear enough or not for stargazing.
A solar system playground. This is what the Lite version of Pocket Planets gives you, an app that lets you see the sun, planets, stars, and every other type of celestial object you can imagine! You can zoom, turn, twist, and change location in little to no time at all.
You’ll especially love it if you’re a beginner, because this is an app to discover what’s out there.
The last app we recommend for wannabe astronauts looking to learn more about the night sky is Planetarium. You can navigate around the sky, figuring in your latitude and longitude. Plus, by clicking on different celestial objects, the app spouts out information and facts about each type of phenomenon.