Mobile Observatory - Astronomy

Mobile Observatory - Astronomy


Mobile Observatory is the highest rated astronomy app on the Android market and the perfect tool for anybody interested in the sky's wonders, from the occasional sky gazer to the passionate amateur astronomer. This app is a 2014 ON for Learning Award Winner for achieving the highest level of learning potential in digital media and entertainment for kids (http://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/2014-on-for-learning-award-winners).


You want to know if the next lunar eclipse is visible from your location or when the next bright comet is visible? You would like to be notified by your smart phone the next time, Jupiter and the Moon meet in the sky? You want to know what the blazing bright object in the evening sky is? You want to be always up-to-date which celestial events are visible from your location? Then this app is a must-have for you!


The app does not only include a live, zoomable sky map telling you what sky object you are looking at but provides you with loads of detailed extra information on stars, planets, deep sky objects, meteor showers, comets, asteroids, lunar and solar eclipses as well as detailed ephemeris of all included sky objects and an interactive top-down view of the Solar System. All that in just one app!

Main Features
- Zoomable sky map showing stars, planets, asteroids, and more (above and below the horizon)
- Interactive top-down view of the Solar System
- Live mode (point device on sky and get information on what you see)
- Calendar showing detailed descriptions of celestial events
- Push celestial events to your phone's calendar and set a reminder alarm
- Rise, set, and transit times for any object
- Position of any object in the sky (altitude and direction)
- Twilight times, length of day
- Bright Star Catalog (~9000 stars) with detailed information
- More than 400 000 additional stars from the PPM Star Catalog (Android 3.1 or higher required)
- 2500 selected NGC objects (galaxies, clusters, ...)
- Messier Catalog (110 objects) complete with images
- Caldwell Catalog (110 objects) complete with images
- Hidden Treasures Catalog (109 objects) complete with images
- Meteor streams (begin, maximum, hourly rate, ...)
- Lunar and solar eclipses information
- Lunar librations, ascending node, maximum declination
- Bright comets (automatically selected according to the date)
- Dwarf planets: The five known dwarf planets
- Minor planets: bright, near Earth, trans-Neptune (more than 10000 in the database)
- Update database online: download up-to-date orbital elements of comets and minor planets
- Moon phases, the apparent view of the sun and planets
- Current image of the Sun and sunspot number
- Automatically generated visibility report for any object
- Simulation of light pollution
- Intuitive User Interface: quickly find what you are looking for
- Widget with rise & set times of the Sun and Moon
- Maintain your favorite locations in a list
- Automatic location determination from the mobile network or GPS
- Select a location from a built-in database or online via Google Maps
- 400 observatory locations
- Choose any time and date
- Detailed ephemeris, visibility information of all objects
- Dates of conjunctions between any object with planets or the Moon
- 3D-view of the Moon and the planets
- Accurate calculations for dates between 1900 and 2100

keywords: astronomy stars, telescope, planets, messier, live, augmented reality, sky view, minor planets, asteroids, dwarf planets, mercury, venus, earth, moon, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune, ceres, vesta, juno, eros, transit, eclipse lunar, solar, sunspots, golden hour, blue hour, photography, great red spot, galaxies, cluster, nebulae, orion, meteor showers, milky way, perseids, shooting stars, ISON, sky guide, analemna

Recent changes:
- Several bugs removed
- Jupiter and Saturn moons improved:
- better and more precise display
- Moon events for Jupiter
- Diagram for the next days can be zoomed
- SkyView improved:
- Landscape can be displayed
- Minimize the object info window
- Altitude is displayed when object path is shown
- Moon is rendered in higher resolution
- Improved object search:
- Auto-complete while typing object name
- Search-speed much faster now
- Timezone changes taken into account
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About Mobile Observatory - Astronomy
Mobile Observatory is the highest rated astronomy app on the Android market and the perfect tool for anybody interested in the sky's wonders, from the occasional sky gazer to the passionate amateur astronomer. This app is a 2014 ON for Learning Award Winner for achieving the highest level of learning potential in digital media and entertainment for kids (http://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/2014-on-for-learning-award-winners).


You want to know if the next lunar eclipse is visible from your location or when the next bright comet is visible? You would like to be notified by your smart phone the next time, Jupiter and the Moon meet in the sky? You want to know what the blazing bright object in the evening sky is? You want to be always up-to-date which celestial events are visible from your location? Then this app is a must-have for you!


The app does not only include a live, zoomable sky map telling you what sky object you are looking at but provides you with loads of detailed extra information on stars, planets, deep sky objects, meteor showers, comets, asteroids, lunar and solar eclipses as well as detailed ephemeris of all included sky objects and an interactive top-down view of the Solar System. All that in just one app!

Main Features
- Zoomable sky map showing stars, planets, asteroids, and more (above and below the horizon)
- Interactive top-down view of the Solar System
- Live mode (point device on sky and get information on what you see)
- Calendar showing detailed descriptions of celestial events
- Push celestial events to your phone's calendar and set a reminder alarm
- Rise, set, and transit times for any object
- Position of any object in the sky (altitude and direction)
- Twilight times, length of day
- Bright Star Catalog (~9000 stars) with detailed information
- More than 400 000 additional stars from the PPM Star Catalog (Android 3.1 or higher required)
- 2500 selected NGC objects (galaxies, clusters, ...)
- Messier Catalog (110 objects) complete with images
- Caldwell Catalog (110 objects) complete with images
- Hidden Treasures Catalog (109 objects) complete with images
- Meteor streams (begin, maximum, hourly rate, ...)
- Lunar and solar eclipses information
- Lunar librations, ascending node, maximum declination
- Bright comets (automatically selected according to the date)
- Dwarf planets: The five known dwarf planets
- Minor planets: bright, near Earth, trans-Neptune (more than 10000 in the database)
- Update database online: download up-to-date orbital elements of comets and minor planets
- Moon phases, the apparent view of the sun and planets
- Current image of the Sun and sunspot number
- Automatically generated visibility report for any object
- Simulation of light pollution
- Intuitive User Interface: quickly find what you are looking for
- Widget with rise & set times of the Sun and Moon
- Maintain your favorite locations in a list
- Automatic location determination from the mobile network or GPS
- Select a location from a built-in database or online via Google Maps
- 400 observatory locations
- Choose any time and date
- Detailed ephemeris, visibility information of all objects
- Dates of conjunctions between any object with planets or the Moon
- 3D-view of the Moon and the planets
- Accurate calculations for dates between 1900 and 2100

keywords: astronomy stars, telescope, planets, messier, live, augmented reality, sky view, minor planets, asteroids, dwarf planets, mercury, venus, earth, moon, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune, ceres, vesta, juno, eros, transit, eclipse lunar, solar, sunspots, golden hour, blue hour, photography, great red spot, galaxies, cluster, nebulae, orion, meteor showers, milky way, perseids, shooting stars, ISON, sky guide, analemna

Recent changes:
- Several bugs removed
- Jupiter and Saturn moons improved:
- better and more precise display
- Moon events for Jupiter
- Diagram for the next days can be zoomed
- SkyView improved:
- Landscape can be displayed
- Minimize the object info window
- Altitude is displayed when object path is shown
- Moon is rendered in higher resolution
- Improved object search:
- Auto-complete while typing object name
- Search-speed much faster now
- Timezone changes taken into account

User reviews of Mobile Observatory - Astronomy
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A Google User
6 days ago
:( was really looking forward to using this but "LIVE" mode doesn't work on my HTC one m8 :(
A Google User
Dec 14, 2014
Absolutely Excellent Remarkable app. I've used it over the last few days and I keep getting more and more impressed - there just seems to be continually more features to be discovered with very rich info. Best astronomy app I've come across.
A Google User
Dec 14, 2014
Serious bug I have purchased and enjoyed it, until I learned that the reason behind my LG G2 becoming slow was this app! Even though I did not use it lately, it was using 360mb of RAM in 93% of phone running time. Uninstall solved my issues instantly.
A Google User
Dec 12, 2014
Love it
A Google User
Dec 12, 2014
Good