Anyone who has spent some time with some interest watching the stars at night appears curiosity knows from one moment to another: what is that star so bright? Is it a planet? Where are the Pleiades? Is it me, or is that a UFO?
Thanks to portable technology , you no longer need or stay with the doubt, or become uncomfortable to go to find the answers. There are excellent applications adapted for phones and tablets, easy to understand, very intuitive and, above all, useful. Perfect to have on hand options and not break the tranquility of a night observation .
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
(Android) This is the portable version of best program of amateur astronomy. Stellarium is a program that is continuously updated by amateur observers, and has an excellent interface which reproduces the celestial sphere as the day, time and place you indicate.
sky map shows the position (and “movement”, as time passes real) of the stars, planets, celestial objects, constellations and satellites, among other things, as we see in reality. Sky is a simulator, a planetarium .
search to find the position of objects in particular that interests us observe. In addition, this edition also uses the GPS to fix the observer’s location and automatically display the corresponding user sky.
(Android, iOS) Another good alternative, especially for users of Apple . Skysafari Plus is an interesting database with location of celestial objects from the observer, simply point your device to the sector of the sky we want to investigate and will appear on the screen, indicating the names and details of what we see in the sky.
in Stellarium , zooming in on the most important objects thrown more information. For example, if we approach Jupiter can see the position of its four moons visible (through basic binoculars and small telescopes), or play the stages of a lunar eclipse can be seen from our location.
also has extravagant features such as the ability to sync the application to our computerized telescope, or simulate different orbits around planets.
(Android) An application similar to Skysafari , but free is Sky Map of Google . This is a simulator celeste basic, but useful and fairly accurate.
Use the GPS
the device to play the sky observer and (if all goes well) only just point your phone or tablet to the sky
to scroll through the names of stars and constellations in the sky.
A program that does not have to be missing from the device amateur astronomer.
(Android) The International Space Station (ISS) can be seen with the naked eye, sometimes seems a very bright star moving at constant speed. His brilliance, which varies according to the occasion, can confuse more than a casual observer.
This application allows
know the days and times
where accurate ISS
will pass over us distracted, detailing his career and also the magnitude of its brightness (the negative values indicate magnitude more powerful flashes). It also includes a handy alarm
that warns users about the proximity of their appearance.
(Android) This program specializes in showing the path of the satellite major, visible to the naked eye or not, that are happening in the sky above the user .
works like celestial charts where only must direct the device to a slice of heaven we choose, through GPS The application detects our location and transmits the information to your database to screen, taking into account the perspective of the observer. It also includes the tracking of other objects in Earth orbit, as the passage of the International Space Station.
(Android, iOS) This, or similar applications, the device screen becomes a lantern . But if we make the most of this wonderful optical instrument that we, the human eye, we set the flashlight color red .
red is a boon for astronomy buffs : the eye, to see better, for a few minutes to get used to the darkness. The red light is the only one that does not break eye acclimation to darkness. Any flash of white light or other color, wasted all the work we were doing our eyes first.
is why, in many of the applications mentioned here, including an option to find night view that turns the color of the menu, and images in red letters.
soon notice that the red light “illuminates less”, but this glow is the right and necessary that, once used, need our eye to see better in the dark.