Android Apps for Exploring the Universe

Apr 18, 2010

So most of us didn’t fulfill that childhood dream to become an astronaut, but with today’s technology, you don’t even need a telescope to explore the final frontier. Just fire up these apps to search for the meaning of life, the Universe, and everything.

Sky Map

SkyMap is THE astronomy application. It uses compass information + GPS to determine where you are looking and gives you a detailed map of the night sky, complete with names, constellations and more. Having trouble finding a specific celestial body? No problem, just search for the object and SkyMap will guide you to it.


Math Keyboard

Use this app to answer any questions you may have about what you’re looking at. Need to know the mass of a planet or the distance of a star? The WolframAlpha database knows all that and more. This app is just a quicklaunch to the website but the included math keyboard and voice search will definitely tide us over until a dedicated Android app is released.



Look directly into the sun without scorching your retinas. This app downloads images sent to NASA by duel satellites orbiting the sun. Check out the surface of Earth’s most important star using 3 different filters to view sunspots, storms, flare ups and other phenomenon.


Clear Sky Droid (free)

So you’re ready to take your stargazing to the next level? Time to hit up the local observatory. This app will use GPS to locate the nearest observatories and give you a detailed summary of current viewing conditions including: cloud cover, transparency, light levels and more.


Laputa Reader(Free Books)

After a long night of stargazing, it’s time to curl up with a good book. We’ve got you covered! This version is not only free, it also comes with the ability to bookmark your spot and read while offline. Even better, it comes with the original 5 books in the series. Nothing better for those universal explorers.

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