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    Published: 2011-05-12, by Peter Warrior.

    Google Sky Maps uses the Google Maps technology but applied in reverse.

    9
    • Absolutely free.
    • Wise and original use.

    "Not a single glance at the stars without your smartphone"

    Instead of streets and squares we will be able to see the constellations and planets from our position. That means that if you are in a unintelligently lit city, an underground bunker or anywhere indoor then you will just know what stars you can't view. But if you are luckily outdoor, in a summer night, happily alone o with someone special at your side...then it’s when you can fully embrace the XXIst century and cry out to heaven how cool it’s having a smartphone.

    Let me explain. When you point your phone at the sky, the planets and constellations will be shown. You can just browse the sky or look for a specific celestial object.

    We dreamt with stuff like this when we were kids. Don't think how useful this app can be.

    Think how wonderful it is.

    Google Sky Maps needs no further introduction. It’s a reason by itself to buy an Android smartphone.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 12, 2011

    Description

    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.

    Troubleshooting/FAQ
    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: http://www.gsmarena.com/

    Try calibrating your compass by moving it in a figure of 8 motion or as described here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1EPbAapaeI.
    Are there any magnets or metal nearby that might interfere with the compass? Try switching off "magnetic correction" (in settings) and see if that is more accurate.

    Why is autolocation 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:
    https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/6270602?p=app_permissons_m

    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 a latitude and longitude instead.

    Can I help test the latest features?
    Sure! Join our beta testing program and get the latest version.

    https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.stardroid

    Find us elsewhere:
    * https://github.com/sky-map-team/stardroid (github - source code)
    * http://goo.gl/XWjRg (Google Plus)
    * http://groups.google.com/group/google-sky-map
    * http://twitter.com/skymapdevs

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    Users comments for Sky Map

    Lance Sablan

    by Lance Sablan

    Sep 29, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Just download it. That's it. If you love to look up at the night sky, you have to have this app on your phone. It doesn't take up a lot of space, there are no ads, it won't slow down your phone, or interfere with any other apps. There's really no reason for you to not have this on your phone. Oh yeah... plus it's awesome.

    Willy Boehnke

    by Willy Boehnke

    Sep 29, 2016  |  "Good"

    I've tried many times to calibrate, but it still is not aligned. Other than that it's very cool and useful. I wish it was better.

    dianna wallace

    by dianna wallace

    Sep 29, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    I would like a gallery maybe, like instead of Andromeda being a dot, you could zoom in and see the image of the galaxy ^.^

    Kevin Arbuckle

    by Kevin Arbuckle

    Sep 28, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    This app is amazing!

    John .D

    by John .D

    Sep 28, 2016  |  "Poor"

    Doesn't show much and scanning around made me nauseous

    Ramesh Singh

    by Ramesh Singh

    Sep 28, 2016  |  "Poor"

    It is very useful for new commers