If you head over to Google.com today you will notice that the doodle used relates to the lunar eclipse, earlier we told you where you could watch a live feed of the eclipse, now we thought we would point you in the direction of 5 great apps available from the App Store.
Let’s start with SkySafari, this has been developed by Carina Software and is said to act as a celestial travel guide, you can see a demo video here and if you are impressed buy it from the App Store for $14.99 here.
There is also another app called SkySafari 3 Pro which has been developed by Southern Stars, we are not sure whether it is related to the aforementioned app but it claims to be the “most comprehensive astronomy app available for iOS”, this is a bold claim which if true probably just about makes it value for money, it costs $29.99 check out this link for further details.
If you don’t want to miss an eclipse the Eclipse Calculator by Daniele Cenni may be worth a shot, it costs just $0.99 and allows you to enter your nearest city or co-ordinates to find out when it is the right time to look out your window, you can find out more here.
For those of you who take astronomy a little more seriously than the average person you may want to check Eclipse0709, this is astronomy-related but this time tells you all about the Solar Eclipse of 22nd July 2009 you can find more about this free app here.
Finally if today’s Lunar Eclipse has just kicked off a new astronomy hobby for you and you own an iOS-based device you should check out Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide. This award-winning app features augmented reality which allows you to point your iPhone 4 or 4th-gen iPod towards the sky to see stars, constellations, and satellites, there are plenty of other features and it seems like a bit of a steal at just $2.99. Check out iTunes for more information.
Do you know of a better astronomy app? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
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