Sky Map turns your Android device into a window on the night sky.
Sky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device. Use it to identify stars, planets, nebulae, and more. Originally developed as Google Sky Map, it has now been donated and open-sourced.
The Map doesn’t move/points in the wrong place
Make sure you haven’t switched into manual mode. Does your phone have a compass? If not, Sky Map cannot tell your orientation. Look it up here:
Is Sky Map free?
5. Sky Map. Available only for Android. Initially knows as Google Sky Map, now an open-sourced free app.
Why is Sky Map not working?
If Google Sky Map is not moving, make sure Automatic mode is enabled. Re-calibrate your phone compass and GPS. Calibration involves moving your phone in a figure-8 motion to trigger your sensors to automatically reset and more accurately align with the position you’re holding your phone.1
Try calibrating your compass by moving it in a figure of 8 motion or as described here: .
Are there any magnets or metal nearby that might interfere with the compass?
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Try switching off “magnetic correction” (in settings) and see if that is more accurate.
How do I switch to sky in Google Earth?
Sky Mode. The Google Earth user can control when to switch to Sky mode, using the View > Switch to Sky menu option or the Sky button in the user interface. When the user switches to Sky mode, Google Earth transitions to show images of the sky photographed from telescopes around the world and inouter space.
Why is auto location not supported for my phone?
In Android 6 the way permissions work has changed. You need to enable the location permission setting for Sky Map as described here: .
The Map is jittery
Try adjusting the sensor speed and damping (in settings). We have a better solution coming soon!
Do I need an internet connection?
No, but some functions (like entering your location manually) won’t work without one. You’ll have to use the GPS or enter latitude and longitude instead.
Can I help test the latest features?
Sure! Join our beta testing program and get the latest version.
You don’t need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® Free and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView Free is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in the sky, day or night. Find popular constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate planets in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.
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1. Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
2. Night Mode: Preserve your night vision with red or green night mode filters.
3. Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
4. Sky Paths: Follow the sky track for any object to see it’s exact location in the sky on any date and time.
5. Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times.
6. Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
7. Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
Does SkyView work on Android?
1. Currently available on iOS and Android, there are free and paid-for versions of the app, which offer slightly different functionality. Here at Space.com, we’ve been using SkyView since 2015. Overall, we find it’s excellent for locating specific stars, planets, and nebulae when compared to standard planispheres.
What happened to Google Sky Map?
Cause of Failure. Sky Map came out at the dawn of Android development, back when versions such as Froyo and Gingerbread were brand new. However, Google failed to update the app’s design to match newer OS versions and pretty much ceased development in 2011.
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How does Sky Map work?
Sky Map is a virtual reality star map for Android devices. Point your phone at the sky and it will show you the names of the stars, planets and other celestial objects that you can see.