We live on the road full time and we love finding free things to do. Our lifestyle requires us to keep costs low, but that doesn’t mean we run low on fun. We’ve found free things to do all over America. We hike, backpack, go to museums, and take in the natural world. It’s freedom, and it’s free.
One of the best free things to do is stargazing. Laying under the stars and planets and looking out for meteors is a perfect way to end the day. It’s also nice to have a guide to help learn about the features we peer at in the sky. Is there something out there that’s completely free for stargazing? Yep, there’s an app for that. Introducing SkyView Lite.
SkyView Lite is the Free version and is out there for both iOS and Android devices or phones. This is one of the best astronomy apps out there! There’s actually two versions, unpaid and paid. We find the free version of the app serves our needs for stargazing just fine! Some of the features are as follows:
Object Labels: All objects, including stars, planets, satellites, the International Space Station, Hubble Telescope, nebula, and other cosmic wanders are labeled on the app. You can pan around the sky with your phone, lock in on the object in the night sky, and learn it’s name.
Object Trajectories: You can track the trajectory of a star or planet so you’ll know where it will be heading. This is a great tool if you’re planning on stargazing at a specific time and want to scope out a star cluster or nebula. If you want to see a planet but need to know what time it will be visible in your night sky, now you can determine that!
Augmented Reality: The app uses your phones camera to focus on objects in the night sky. You’ll be looking at an overlay feature of the objects in the universe that you can see in your hemisphere view. But you can also see the items you can’t see, namely when there’s something in the way like Earth itself or a building. So technically the app could bring the universe to you even when your stuck in a light pollution rich city.
Notifications: You can set notifications for astronomical events that you don’t want to miss.
Free & Paid StarView App:
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