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Star Walk astronomy app updated with stargazing calendar, comet tracking

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Spotted all 200,000 stars, planets, constellations and galaxies that are viewable in the augmented reality astronomy app Star Walk? Of course you haven’t. But even still, Vito Technology is giving you more to do in the latest update. The new version adds a stargazing calendar of visible celestial events for your area, which you can use to set iCal reminders. Go ahead and add April 21st for the Lyrid meteor shower now.

Some background on the app:

Star Walk is a handy astronomy guide that shows celestial objects (stars, constellations, satellites, etc.) in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing comprehensive information about them. It helps anyone even remotely interested in astronomy find their way across the sky, determine where to look for any chosen object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. It inspires curiosity about the Universe and helps understand amazing cosmic phenomena.

Now, back to the calendar of celestial events, which has been a highly requested feature for quite some time. The calendar suggests the best subjects for observations in your geographic location. By tapping on an event, you can read more on what you are about to see and schedule a reminder that will automatically sync with iCal.

And there’s more:

Another feature added by popular request is Comet tracking that includes four comets: Halley, ISON, PANSTARRS, and Lemmon. Users will be able to identify the comets in the night sky, access all relevant information, and schedule a reminder for when the comets are visible. For instance, the highly anticipated ISON comet will light up the skies in November 2013. New version can help stargazers track the comet and set a reminder not to miss the main celestial event of the year.

Iridium flares are the reflections of sunlight caught by Iridium communication satellites orbiting the Earth. They happen as the satellite turns to a specific angle to the Sun and the viewer on the ground and these position can be calculated allowing Star Walk users to see the flares.

In addition to the updates, Star Walk offers many other features, including:

  • Augmented Reality
  • Star Spotter – real time motion tracking tells you what stars are above you in the sky
  • Time Machine – see what the sky looks like at any moment in the past or future
  • Picture of the Day – stunning pictures from deep space
  • Night Mode – preserve your dark vision to see more stars
  • Search – wondering where Jupiter is right now? Arrow will guide you to it
  • Big Screen – connect a second display to view the sky on a big screen
  • AirPrint, Moon Phases, Info, View from any location, TelRad, Sharing, Bookmarks, and more
  • No internet connection required

Star Walk is available for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later. Star Walk HD for iPad is also available, and both versions will run you $2.99.

For more information, visit vitotechnology.com.

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  1. I have an experia Z tablet,but would love to have an app like starwalk,which are only available on iphone etc. Help!!!!!

    Anne-marie Jordaan