10 Apps to Explore the Night Skies & Stars

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One of the highlights of my childhood was visiting my grandparents out in the countryside, where an unadulterated view of the stars was ours to admire.  Looking up at the sky and having constellations pointed out expertly by my grandfather are some of my favorite memories. 

An app is certainly no replacement for a wise and loving grandparent, but there are indeed apps which can provide some of the same celestial information. Here are a few to tap into your inner Carl Sagan.

TOP ROW

1. Sky Guide: View Stars Day or Night (iOS), $1.99.
2. Mobile Observatory (Android), $4.49.
3. Star Walk HD (iPad), $2.99.
4. Star Chart (Windows 8), $1.49.
5. SkyMap (Windows 8), $1.49.

BOTTOM ROW

6. Google Sky Map (Android), Free.
7. Star Rover HD - Explore the Universe (iPad), $1.99.
8. The Night Sky (Windows 8, iOS, & Android), $1.49 & $.99.
9. SkySafari (Android & iOS), $2.99, $14.99, & $39.99.
10. Exploring Space Nebulae (Windows 8), Free.

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