SkyView® - Explore the Universe

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SkyView® brings stargazing to everyone. Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, planets, satellites, and more!

Over 1.7 million downloads.

App Store Rewind 2011 -- Best Education App

“If you've ever wanted to know what you're looking at in the night sky, this app is the perfect stargazer's companion.”

"If you’ve ever been looking for a stargazing app for your iPhone, then this [is] definitely the one to get."
– AppAdvice

“SkyView is an Augmented Reality app that lets you see just what delights the sky has to offer.”
– 148Apps Editor’s Choice

You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView® is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find all 88 constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate every planet in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.


• Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
• Sighting Events: schedule alerts for upcoming celestial events.
• Apple Watch: see what objects are visible tonight and how to spot them using your Apple Watch.
• Today Widget: brand new iOS 8 today widget lets you quickly see upcoming celestial events.
• Night Mode: Preserve your night vision with red or green night mode filters.
• Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
• Sky Paths: Follow the sky track for any object to see it’s exact location in the sky on any date and time.
• Comprehensive: Includes thousands of stars, planets, and satellites with thousands of interesting facts.
• Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times.
• Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
• Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!

What a fun way to teach yourself, your children, your students, or your friends about our wonderful universe!

SkyView® - Explore the Universe App Description & Overview

The applications SkyView® - Explore the Universe was published in the category Education on 2010-12-10 and was developed by Terminal Eleven LLC. The file size is 89.10 MB. The current version is 3.5.1 and works well on 8.0 and high ios versions.

Dear Stargazer,

This release of SkyView addresses a few, small bugs regarding our widget view in iOS 10.

Happy Stargazing!

SkyView® - Explore the Universe App Tips, Tricks and Rules

SkyView® - Explore the Universe Reviews


Just great  AlecBausch  5 star

Everywhere I go I have a reason to pull out my phone and look up. Pretty cool to learn when it’s not a great day to look at stars, but when you are in a place where you can see it’s amazing to use, too. Would recommend the premium purchase too


Doesn’t work at all for me  NKA3377  1 star

I got 4 people to download this app mine is the only one that doesn’t work. I’d love my money back since I go the paid version! But good luck getting in touch with anyone


It’s not working any more :(  Hawtchick  1 star

please update.

Col Doug

Have to manually set compass each time  Col Doug  2 star

Even though the saved location is correct, South is West and I have to manually guesstimate the direction each time.


“Constellations” on my patio  luxicon  1 star

Paid and downloaded this and am really disappointed. Anywhere - literally *anywhere* - I point my phone camera, the app shows me a constellation as if it’s some big revelation...even when pointing at the wall, the patio, and twinkle lights in my backyard. Had no idea there were constellations on my patio. Bogus app, total waste of money.


Awful application  juhliocésar  1 star

It does nothing. I point at the sky and does not give information of where I’m pointing. It doesn’t seem to recognize that I’m moving. Very frustrating. I know I pay only $2 but I feel cheated.


Awesome app  Geheheggs  5 star

Very nice it’s really cool but I wish that you could make you own thing with the stars so there can see it it would be cool love this app


Fun and educational!  BellaDakota91  5 star

I’ve always been interested in learning about space and this app is wild! I’m getting a telescope now that I have a great guide to tell me what I’m looking at. Hours of fun; I highly recommend!


SkyView  Synpia  5 star

We used SkyView on our Cape Cod vacation and loved it. It helped us confirm our sightings and even let us see the space station. It is easy to use and not intrusive. Download this for your vacation!


Awesomeness  delicrew  5 star

The best sky viewing app I've used... Awesome to use with my kids and it's really easy to use and understand


Does not work on iPhone 8  AnandRavi  1 star

Image is frozen.


Sky view  essendonfan6  5 star

This app is amazing because it shows different constilations and planet, space junk, and even satellites


But disappointed  dinkumdave1  2 star

Have used this app many times over the last few years and have been very pleased with it. But I loaded it on my iPhone 7 and now the planets are not in the right places. It’s not very useful if everything is off. Perhaps there’s away I can recalibrate it. Disappointed. 😕


Best astronomy app!  Jetstream41  4 star

Well worth upgrading to the paid version of this app. So many more brilliant features and preference settings. I use it purely for tracking satellites and find it much better than the Satellites app. Love it! 🛸🚀🔭


Due for an update  gaucij  3 star

iPhone X Support would be fantastic to leverage the whole screen. Thanks

Nicolette Chalhoub

Extraordinary  Nicolette Chalhoub  5 star

This is without a doubt, the most extraordinary app I have ever downloaded. It's freakin' awesome.


Not so good in the southern hemisphere  ThisFox  3 star

I have no idea about the Northern hemisphere, but to call the Southern Cross "crux, one of 88 modern constellations", leaving out so much, seems less than informative. No Big Kangaroo, no Emu, both of which are popularised and real aboriginal constellations, also seems a bit northern-hemisphere-centric, if not blatantly racist. Someone might want to do some southern hemisphere night sky research. The space debris stuff is good though, nice to get an idea of what is man-made up there.

Me crazy32

Ok  Me crazy32  2 star

I didn’t enjoy it


Brilliant  Timmeh!!!!!  5 star

Just brilliant


A sometimes app  Pacificnwse  1 star

Seems to work sometimes (and is great), but screen is inexplicably frozen other times. Not up there with the better star gazing apps.


Magical  Doug_Wright  5 star

Love this app. I’ve always enjoyed catching a satellite or two zip over the night sky, but this database is astounding. I also can’t believe all the space trash that is out there. Amazing that it is all tracked and named. The planet ID is terrific. Love the trajectory feature and music as well.

E Fitbit

Great App but...  E Fitbit  4 star

Enjoying the app but can’t get the Today widget. Have sent several messages to the developer but never a response. Frustrated with it. Otherwise a great app.

Oppie man

Now I (we) Keep Looking Up  Oppie man  5 star

I really enjoy this App, I have shown my children this View, now all three have it in there iPhones. It’s great when we’re at a BBQ, we sit by the fire and talk about the Sky View sky. Thanks, The Oppies

Buyer User Beware

Awesome when it works.  Buyer User Beware  2 star

I’ve had it the app for a while but the calibration is terrible. Doesn’t work half the time.

123 skeptic is me

Wrong  123 skeptic is me  1 star

I just looked at the moon and it’s not close to the position this app had. Is anything right?


Great App!!! Yet, the have one flaw that is driving me nuts.  J.R.G.R.H.  4 star

So, my family absolutely LOVES this app. Since My husband & I are as equally excited about star-gazing as our kids, we find the app comes in handy. It’s useful because it allows for entertainment purposes, learning abilities, as well as just answering a family member’s question, “What is that star called & is it a planet???” So we will never rid ourselves of this app unless they start charging crazy amounts of money, or really any money at all if I were being honest. I’d drop it like a hot potato if that happens, and it hasn’t yet. Now for the flaw....I may just not being using the App correctly, but I seriously doubt that because I’m great with computers of all types. I truly think it’s because the app is lacking information on important objects and/or subject matter. Case and point....there is an asteroid that is so close to earth that you can see it with the naked eye. I don’t have copious amounts of gear—or money to buy it—to really find it in the night sky by myself. So I ran and got my phone to open the app, all the while hoping I’d find and see it instantly. I also wanted to show my husband & the kids this asteroid we’ve been hearing about. It’s a named asteroid, and it should be in the directory/search engine so that people can find it. It does not show up at all, whether it’s a name or picture. Asteroids aren’t the only things absent. Comets, meteor showers, etc, are also missing. This doesn’t help me much because the asteroid will be gone before we can find it ourselves. So, PLEASE add these viewing options, as well as any I’ve missed. This will allow your audience to get the whole experience that is intended with this app. All together, and after the add-on’s, this app will be the best out there. Until then, we will still love and use the SkyView, BUT we will be waiting with all fingers & toes crossed that they hurry and get to updating the program. The sky will be the limit—pun intended— after those features are added to SkyView. Thanks for an amazing experience!!!😍


At night by the sea  Codezoo  5 star

I love this app. Try using it at night by the sea, it is lovely and romantic.

Cool Hand Husker Fan

Loose yourself in the wonder of the cosmos  Cool Hand Husker Fan  5 star

I don’t know if I’m an amateur astronomer or what you would call it I am just fascinated with the wonders of the night sky. I heard about this app on a field trip with my daughters school and thought why not give it a try? Amazing and mind blowing are the first two words that come to mind. If you love to learn new things and have even a small interest in what goes on over our head as the world turns then definitely download this app(you will most certainly appreciate it ) and hold your phone up high to take a look at the night sky it is not falling it’s always there and anyone can see it from any where AMAZING


Heaven knows  PapaGato  5 star

What great way to see the heavens all mapped out what He has done. The placements of the stars and the planets, who ever knew that these are arranged in a way that we can all admire. For the developer who designed it, that we can all use to look up and see where all are, thanks for making it possible for us. Absolutely no problem using the technology we can all share.


Love this App!!!  jimb0ho  5 star

I find stargazing very interesting and this app is perfect.

Cormac H

Good  Cormac H  5 star

Very nice I love the all


Great  Crpur  5 star

Love this app. Just brought a telescope and this app is just perfect for those just starting to learn about our amazing universe

The Retrospective

Must Have  The Retrospective  5 star

Brilliant app! Cleverly designed app and the augmented reality is a big bonus for using this app.


Mesmerising  StillCantThinkOfOne  5 star

This App is possible the best I've ever downloaded. Un-put-downable, and with well-designed interface. I intend to use it for planning Astro photographic projects.

Robert Kelly 007

Brilliant  Robert Kelly 007  5 star

Great app for star gazing and for wondering what out their.


Sav  Justinrami  5 star



Sky App  joeym75  5 star

Brilliant I'm Learnng a lot from this cool little App


Brilliant  JimBob90147  5 star

Extremely detailed and informal, worth the buy. Shows not only planets but space junk such as spent rocket boosters and satellites.

Chovies of the sky

Up up and away!  Chovies of the sky  5 star

Great for anyone with the slightest interest in all things beyond the realms of Earth! Big thumbs up!


Beautiful graphics and sound I love this app  Leedraven  5 star

This is a great app if you like exploring the night sky just have your location services on when using it 5*

you dont need it

App not moving  you dont need it  1 star

Hi plz note that the app is not moving it s only stuck in current view even if you search an object it doesn’t take you there...plz advise if its malfunction or my settings are not activated


Great  NukelerNick  5 star


Gyro Addict

Rating  Gyro Addict  5 star

Absolutely fantastic! Thank you


Great app  Trading101  5 star



Amazing  Gazbaz123  5 star

Best app for this, there are no words to describe it download it and check it out


Wow, wow, wow!  Williewyk  5 star

Certainly one of the best apps I've ever downloaded on my phone. If you like learning and you are fascinated by our universe this is a MUST!!!


Calibration issues.  Rhenoster  4 star

It's an Amazing app but I need to calibrate it every 10 seconds. Very frustrating. Please update.


Great app  Blacktruthas  5 star

It's hard these days to find an app that does what it says it does. Well done on this one


I bought the Skyview - Satellites bundle  Laurencebotha  5 star

Buy it! I'm having the time of my life here. Even if you're only a little interested in staring at stars, this app is worth it... Bare Minimum - It'll change your conversation around night barbecues, to always having a fall back conversation starter on your phone. The kids and wife love it too and have downloaded it.

Donny Hale

Metrologist, Reverse Engineer  Donny Hale  4 star

I absolutely love this app. Please add a VR feature for Google cardboard and other virtual reality headsets.

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