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Google Sky Map Turns Your Android Phone into a Digital Telescope

Whether you’re an astronomy buff or just somebody looking for a perfect “look how sweet my smartphone is!’ application, Google’s Sky Map application for Android phones is a must have app.

If all the application did was show you detailed views of the night sky it would be pretty awesome based on that alone. Where Sky Map dazzles, however, is in linking together the GPS and tilt-sensors on your phone to turn your phone into a sky-watching window. Whatever you point the phone at, the screen displays.

Want to see what stars are directly above you despite it being the middle of the day? Point the phone up. Curious what people on the opposite side of the word are seeing? Point the phone down and take a peek right through the Earth.

Check out the video below to see the application in action:

Google Sky Map is free and works wherever Android does.

Google Sky Map [AppBrain]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/17/11

Comments (3)

  1. Jim

    Coolest App on my phone, thanks for posting this. Can’t wait until it gets dark tonight, playing with this app during the day is – well, it’s still fun but it will be more fun tonight!

  2. CD Hanks

    “Curious what people on the opposite side of the word are seeing?” WORD? Don’t you people do any proofing of articles before publishing?

  3. Jim

    Played with it last night, it’s even cooler at night. And there’s some cool features available by hitting your Android’s menu button.

    @CD Hanks – This whole awesome app and all you notice is that the article is missing letter in a word? Why don’t you run a website that adds 3-10 articles a DAY and hit 100% accuracy?

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