GoSkyWatch Planetarium

GoSkyWatch Planetarium

By GoSoftWorks

  • Category: Navigation
  • Release Date: 2008-07-11
  • Current Version: 9.2
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 98.09 MB
  • Developer: GoSoftWorks
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 11,058 Ratings


Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, comets, constellations, galaxies and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore with GoSkyWatch Planetarium. ***** As seen in Apple's iPad 2 event ***** Featured on ABC's "The View" ***** Featured in "Wired" magazine No in-app purchases! One download for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. We don't think you should pay twice for the same app on a bigger screen. --- What People Are Saying "Powerful and easy to use, with excellent animation and the widest zoom range." — D.Schroeder, University professor "GoSkyWatch Planetarium should not be missed regardless of whether you are a casual or hard-core fan of astronomy." — AppAdvice "I have more than 10 astronomy apps on my iPhone and this is by far the best. Everything I need and easy to use." — Pat, iTunes reviewer --- What makes GoSkyWatch different to other apps? • Easy to use — No buttons to press or modes to select, just point to the sky to start exploring. • Designed specially for efficient outdoor use. • Touch free identification — Information pops up on screen as you move. Great for those cold nights with gloves on! • Popup images — No need to keep zooming in and out just to see what is out there. • Full 180 degree display — See at a glance what is in the sky and where without having to pan around. • Don't need to hold level — Displays the sky view and information at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait. • Gyroscope compass auto calibration — No need to calibrate the gyroscope. Advanced adaptive algorithms for smooth and accurate positioning. • Planets shown with relative brightness to stars — No oversized graphics that prevent you from distinguishing a planet from surrounding stars. • Unique target identification — Touch drag scheme for greatest accuracy since your finger doesn't hide what you are trying to identify. • Minimal on screen text — Stars and planets easier to identify since they are not covered by text. Features: Identify • On screen object name, brightness and distance • Contains all stars visible to the naked eye • Light adjustment for viewing conditions • Red light mode for night vision • Touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass. Find • Looking for a planet, star, comet, constellation or galaxy? Just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way • Search stars and DSOs sorted by name, distance or magnitude • Moon phase calendar • Sun rise/set times Explore • Day, sidereal and time lapse animation • Over 200 images of planets and deep sky objects • Messier and Caldwell catalogs with images • Actual image taken of the Milky Way • Below horizon display • Look back in time with the birthday star search. Find out how old you were for the star light seen. Learn • Constellation images, boundaries and patterns • Solar system, star, comet, DSO, constellation Wikipedia • Ian Ridpath's constellation StarTales • Interactive graphical ephemeris • Planet, star, constellation and DSO ephemeris data More • High performance graphics • Easy setup using auto location or built in city list • Location favorites * No internet connection required. Internet optionally used for auto location, viewing Wikipedia information and StarTales. Many more enhancements to come as free updates. * See web site for video demo



  • I simply love this app.

    By Curious Patrick
    This app is a joy to learn. It’s intuitive enough that I figured much of it out just by trying, and it did not seem like I had to struggle much. It’s well designed, very responsive, and has all kinds of useful information. On cloudy nights when the telescope isn’t an option I simply “virtually stargaze” with this app. For someone just starting out this is a perfect way to begin to learn about astronomy. I downloaded this app to help my family point a telescope at the night sky for the first time. After about an hour I was able to discover when and where the stars (and planets) rise and set, and I used this information to successfully point the telescope using a compass heading and degrees of inclination. Both the compass and the level (for degrees of inclination) are available on a smartphone. If you are at all curious about the cosmos, download this app!
  • Very useful app!

    By MDHD
  • Poor ease of use

    By jcoolray
    Poor ease of use. Doesn’t easily update location
  • The most awesome stellar app

    By VicViBa
    I have had this app for many years and until today I still believe is one of the most awesome apps, as not just feeds my passion about the cosmos . But as well allows me to share it with my kids and other Cosmic lovers friends
  • GeoSkyWatch

    By LagoonSailor
    This app is totally outstanding when it comes to identifying celestial bodies in the solar system and beyond!! 45 years ago I was a navigator and a naval aviator flying patrol aircraft over water in the Pacific. We were well outside of radar range of land and depended solely on celestial navigation for position and speed information. In school we had to identify and locate 400 navigational stars. The grade was 4.0 or fail, you had to know every single one. As I do my daily walk before sunrise I still see many of the old friends and constellations shining brightly over the walk path. - Max Branscomb - - San Mateo, CA. -
  • Personal Star Guide

    By kitkat1069
    Amazing app for looking at the stars and learning about planets
  • Dependable

    By geowulf
    GoSkyWatch has been in my back pocket for years. I’ve built a temporal-spatial mental database of our little solar system and now enjoy chasing new constellations and guide stars through the urban haze. This is a must-have app.
  • Pay money. Get an app that doesn’t always work with iPhone gyro

    By app-user-178495679
    Also navigation is non-intuitive—really bad UI design. Don’t spend your money on this.
  • I am getting angry

    By i am getting angry
    The sky watch app does not work nor does it move. It gets stuck. Does not orient it self even if I push it around with my finger. August 30 2019 Now I have a large white circle in the center of the app screen. What is that all about?why is the visual being blocked?
  • Almost there.

    By Bangsmith
    This is almost perfect, but I do have some minor complaints. It occasionally freezes when I open the menu, and no moons are available, except for our own. It is still worth the download, however.