I grew up in Los Angeles, a city not so much famous for its stargazing as it was for its murky purple night haze. But in the summer, my family would drive up to the mountains above Lake Tahoe and stay at our cabin for a few weeks. Free from light pollution and smoggy skies, it was there I learned to love the stars.
Years later, I’ve forgotten much of what my father taught me about constellations and moonrises, but I still take pleasure in stargazing. Sky Guide, a $2 app from Fifth Star Labs, is the perfect replacement for my lack of expertise: It’s a beautifully constructed app that helps you find the stars, satellites, planets, and constellations above your head.