TOlzi the hand who, nose up, in the long summer nights never has looked for the shooting stars. But in the August sky there are not only them but also many other stars. What are their names? What constellations do they belong to? Fortunately, many apps come to our aid. Also because in summer the sky is particularly in turmoil for this having applications on your smartphone to get to know him and admire him better can be the right idea, even romantic.
Shooting stars, apps to admire the sky
And this summer of moments in which to look up there are several, above all in August when the Perseids, called “the tears of San Lorenzo”, will give their best. In particular, between the nights of 11-13 August, when about 200 shooting stars per hour will glide across the summer sky. And if to identify them not only you need to sharpen your eyes, and as experts advise to choose a place away from inhabited centers arriving about half an hour earlier so as to accustom the eyes to the darktechnology can help too.
1. Star Map, the app to discover 100,000 shooting stars and more
It is the first download for fans, and not only that, like that. Free and suitable for iOS and Android, it is also called Star Chart and thanks to the 100,000 listed stars it helps to “read” the whole sky, including constellations. Pointing the smartphone to the sky, thanks to GPS, it locates the position and the portion of the sky appears in real time with all the information, including distances from the Earth and dimensions.
2. Star Walk, 3D sky
Considered among the best, it is available for iOS and Android and take advantage of augmented reality. Available free or for a fee, in the latter 3D models of constellations, dwarf planets, comets and asteroids can also be viewed. A veritable encyclopedia, it is updated daily with data, moon phases and monitoring of 8000 satellites.
3. Night Sky, admire the sky between quizzes and games
Available only for iOS, it too is based on augmented reality technology and each update adds approx 60 million stars in the catalog. Also visible indoors, just point the phone at the ceiling to discover the portion of the sky above you. In addition, you can discover the internal structures of celestial bodies, test yourself with quizzes and games and understand if the weather conditions are suitable for peering among the stars.
4. Google Earth, moving in the cosmos
As an alternative to Night Skythere is Google Earth, available to everyone. By exploring the sky in 3D, you can make the Earth smaller and smaller navigate the universe to discover planets, stars and satellites. The impression is that of really moving around the cosmos.
5. Solar Walk, walk in the Solar System
Always free and available for both systems, in this case the app focuses only on the Solar Systemto be explored in 3D mode. A real walk in our system, the planets can be observed from different angles and, thanks to the Time Machine function, even learn their position at a time in the past or in the future. In addition to giving all the information on moons and satellites.
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