Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.
This week’s pick is Star Walk 2 – Guide to the Sky Day and Night. This is the next generation of the excellent and Apple award winning Star Walk app from Vito Technology. I’ve been a fan of the original for years, so it’s great to see this brand new version released.
Here’s a little bit of the App Store description for Star Walk 2:
Star Walk 2 is an exquisite stargazing tool that combines astronomical data with premium technology to deliver an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All you have to do is point your iPhone or iPad at the sky.
Universal app that works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
NEW IN STAR WALK 2
All-new stunning design
– New simpler and cleaner interface in vibrant colors for retina displays
– Atmospheric visual and sound effects, stirring soundtrack
– Exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art
Incredible 3D models of celestial bodies
– Planetary nebulae*
– Dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids*
– Man-made satellites*
*Available through In-App Purchase. Constellations are available for free for limited time.
The app has a ton of great features that seem well-suited for veteran astronomy buffs and novice / casual star gazers alike. It looks even more beautiful than the original app. Here are a few of its key features:
REAL-TIME MOTION TRACKING
As you hold your phone up and point it towards the sky, Star Walk 2 follows your motions using the built-in gyroscope to match the map on your screen to the stars seen from your location. Easily find any star, constellation, or satellite in the sky by tapping Search. Star Walk will indicate the direction to look in.
NEW POINT OF VIEW
Unlike on a plain photograph, every star in Star Walk 2 has coordinates. That means you can look at objects, for instance, a constellation from any vantage point in space, not to mention the ultimate accuracy of your map for your exact location.
NOW AND LATER
Star Walk 2 gives you accurate daily data on current moon phase, time of sunset and sunrise, and elevation of planets. With just one slide you can see how the sky will look later tonight or throughout the year.
Special night-time soft red mode will help you preserve night vision when stargazing with a telescope. You can see the sky in X-Ray (and 5 more filters) to study the invisible structure of the universe. Live tracking for over 8,000 satellites will help you catch iridium flares, and detailed articles will satisfy the most curious inquirer.
One more thing to like about Star Walk 2 is that it’s very reasonably priced at $2.99 and offers all of its extra content via In-App purchase at just $1.99. This is refreshing to see since we see lots of ‘freemium’ apps and games around that offer In-App purchases that go up to $50 and 100 and even more.
Here’s an App Store link for Star Walk 2.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.