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Sky Guide makes stargazing simple. Just hold it overhead to automatically find stars, constellations, planets, satellites and more. With so many fun and powerful features, there is something for all ages and experience levels!

“Close to perfect.”

“It’s a dazzling piece of software…”
-David Pouge

“Sky Guide is one of the coolest apps in the App Store…”

- Apple Design Award 2014

- #1 app reached in 88 countries

Is it a star or the planet Mars? Knowing what's up in your night sky is now effortless with Sky Guide. Hold your iPhone or iPad up and Sky Guide automatically aligns itself to the stars above you—no setup required.

Have you ever wished you could recognize the constellations but didn't want to study those paper star charts? Sky Guide's augmented reality (AR) mode makes learning your way around the sky clear and effortless.

Whether you're in search of the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or the next big meteor shower, Sky Guide is jam-packed with information and rich graphics that will satisfy the most curious minds.

Voyage to the past and future with cinematic time controls. Know where the Moon will be later in the evening so you can capture that perfect photo. See what the sky looked like the moment you were born or be an eyewitness to history's greatest comets.

It's a star! It's a plane! No, it's a satellite! Sky Guide features hundreds of bright satellites for you to identify and track. You can also receive notifications whenever the International Space Station flies over your location.

Use Sky Guide anywhere—on your evening dog walk, camping trips or in the classroom. The app works with or without Wi-Fi, cellular service or GPS, so everything is at your fingertips no matter where you go.

Additional Features:

- Huge stellar catalog: 2.5 million stars!

- Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders.

- Red night mode: Preserve your dark-adapted eyesight.

- Notification Center Widget: At-a-glance essentials including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets.

- Apple Watch: Sky Guide can send you a notification when an event is about to happen in the skies above your location, like when the International Space Station is due to fly over. You can also keep tabs on the latest solar activity or add our super-accurate Moon Complication to your Apple Watch face.

Optional Features:

- Sky Guide SUPERMASSIVE. This extensive add-on gives you access to incredible high definition zooming, 680× larger star and deep sky catalogs, and exclusive cinematic tours. SUPERMASSIVE includes a free two-week trial followed by an auto-renewing annual subscription. (See In-App Purchases section for the price available in your country. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your account settings after purchase.) Terms of use:

Join the millions who have discovered a more personal connection to the stars with Sky Guide. It might forever change the way you look up.

Sky Guide App Description & Overview

The applications Sky Guide was published in the category Reference on 2013-05-06 and was developed by Fifth Star Labs LLC. The file size is 235.24 MB. The current version is 8.0 and works well on 11.0 and high ios versions.

Completely re-engineered to harness the power of Metal, Sky Guide 8 has the smoothest graphics ever. Experience 120FPS on supported devices and a new horizon terrain illuminated by a dynamic sky.

+ This version improves the tracking and low-light performance in AR mode.

+ Added asteroids Ryugu, ‘Oumuamua, 1999 KW4, and comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS).

+ New for SUPERMASSIVE users: ultrawide zoom lets you see a planisphere-style full sky view. We've also added a field of view indicator.

+ Fixed a bug which prevented some users from receiving event notifications.

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Sky Guide Reviews


User guide  rsnem  4 star

I need some guidance as to how best to use the site. Where do I find that? Text reply to 703-622-2052


New update is awful  hghjjjh  1 star

I use to love this app, I used almost every night but after this recent update it’s really difficult to use. I miss the simplicity of the app, please consider adding an option to remove some of the new graphical effects and a FOV lock similar to before. Thanks


Enjoyable  Sundaymondayman99  5 star

I love being able to identify stars and other heavenly bodies. This app even tells me what is below the horizon. Fascinating and enjoyable.

Ruthie the Magma Cube

Don’t hesitate to buy this app! It’s amazing.  Ruthie the Magma Cube  5 star

I have been using this app for a year now. My dad loves outer space. He has a telescope, and shows me different planets through it. I wanted to learn more, but didn’t have any good resources about the night sky. Sure, I could read about it, but it’s not that fun when I look up and can’t even figure out what stars I’m looking at. This app changed all that! All of a sudden I could quickly and easily find the names of all sorts of stars, as well as constellations. I have never ceased to be amazed by all the professional, yet easy to use features. Every time I learn about one thing (like the general path of a star) there’s something new for me to learn (like figuring out how to read altitude and azimuth measurements, provided in the app- which inspired me to make my own simple altitude-measuring device!) I am subscribed to the super-massive upgrade. I am soooo happy for the new feature of being able to zoom out all the way! I have wanted that feature for a long time. Only one recommendation for sky guide: It is a very annoying process when taking an AR photo. You cannot open AR and simply take a photo. You have to open AR, click on another button, take the photo, then scroll through a menu and select to save the photo just taken to “photos”. You have to repeat this process for every photo. Please just make a window pop up to ask if the user wants to always save to photos or not, and if so, just allow the user to press one button and have their photo saved. Thank you!


Amazing app  Chriss29  5 star

And a great developer that always updates and improved the app, thank you !!

Monty 3.1459

The Best I’ve seen  Monty 3.1459  5 star

THe latest update was killer!! Sky Guide 8 is amazing. Very fast on my iPad Pro! And now it zooms where I pinch. (Not from the center of the screen) Highly recommended! Oh yes, I was so impressed my this update I subscribed to Super Massive! 1.7 billions stars and more and more....

Doc Scholl

Fun AND informative  Doc Scholl  5 star

I’ve been using this app for about two years: worth the price. It has wow’ed me with accurate info on constellations, meteor showers and (my favorite) ISS tracking. Friends and family have also enjoyed tracking astrological activity. My only wish for improvement would be to cancel sat alerts when skies in my area are clouded/ point in trying to see the space station at 5:28a.m when it’s overcast. Excellent tool for sky watching!

Stanky Dog

Great App to show kids  Stanky Dog  5 star

My girls loved this app...who am I kidding I’m 49 and I love it as well. Very informative and cool


Thanks  Tanda32506  5 star



Awesome!  IkeM99  5 star

I really do love this app. I’ve used several other stargazing apps and this one is perfect. I really enjoy the AR experience for Hubble and New Horizon.


Dope!  Spqr501l  5 star


Chris Rudel

Great app but suggestions  Chris Rudel  4 star

I love this app. It is very intuitive, full of content and educational. I do however have a suggestion to give: The Star Guide widget should indicate the change in the planet's rise and set times that occurs. E.g. the moon sets at 16:47 tonight, but tomorrow it will set XYZ minutes later. This can be indicated by an arrow pointing up or down depending on if the rise/set time progresses or regresses the next day. This would be very useful to people like me that plan their telescope viewing ahead of time. Hope the feedback helps, Chris

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dda  dda tas.  5 star

Cool 😎 app works great 👍


What is “ fall”  Robertasjuozas  4 star

I like this guide. It was perfect I til today, when it displayed the usual USA biased presentation. The term “ fall” does not apply in the Southern Hemisphere. It is called AUTUMN!

Xamous 117

Worth every cent!  Xamous 117  5 star

It might sound cheesy but buy the full version, go outside late at night, put headphones on and make sure Sky Guides music is ‘ON’. You can spend ages exploring the sky with this app! The ambience that the music creates makes it that much better too! Thanks :)

Warden of the Grizzlies

Extraordinary  Warden of the Grizzlies  5 star

Beautiful graphics, effortless UI and packed with useful tools that aid and inform stargazing for everyone; the customizable time and location, allowing you to explore the skies of almost the entire planet for a given time, is one of my favourite features. Unquestionably the best stargazing app I've used.


Get laid  Cylinders  5 star

Star knowledge trumps all, get the app


Information Outdated and Incorrect  Anonymous462826  2 star

The information is outdated. New Horizons flew past MU69 week’s ago and Humanity Star reentered the atmosphere in March. Some of the information is incorrect too. The supernova that created the pulsar Geminga was never recorded (Sky Guide refers to it as SN 347) and Alpha Centauri is not the closest star to the Sun. Some of the confirmed exoplanets should be included too, such as Proxima Centauri B as well as all of the objects in the NGC and TYC catalogues.


Useless  $endir  1 star

This app said the sun was up at midnight, worse then boiled eggs!


Starstruck  Goliath71  5 star

I love this app, it’s pretty accurate, I will miss the solar flares next year though Highly recommend getting this one it’s totally awesome

Mighty Cute

Astronomy in your pocket  Mighty Cute  5 star

The information at my fingertips used to take me hours to uncover. I love when my students say “Mr. C what is that?” And I can answer them instantly! Thanks!

Holy shnikees

Amazing  Holy shnikees  5 star

So much fun and a great way to spend time with friends outdoors stargazing. We modern humans live in cities with light pollution and spend most of our time indoors. We have lost our connection to the night sky. This app will help you find wonder and awe in the sky.


It’s the best astronomy app!  dom1359  5 star

Upgrade to Supermassive!

Helped along

Learning more about what’s around me  Helped along  5 star

This app is a great help to learn where to look for constellations and other celestial happenings.


Amazing!  barthysgirl  5 star

I absolutely love this app! It brings you directly into space!


Love it  Ransomiss  5 star

Such an awesome app. Great for photographers as well as sky watchers.

Awesome army dude

Education for the kids  Awesome army dude  5 star

I hope one day my kids can contribute to space. Life has no limits and boundaries.


Susan  snassus  1 star

The compass is not accurate. What a disappointment.


WOW!!!  Termc99  5 star

Makes lookin at the stars so much easier!

Motorcycle Monkey

Review  Motorcycle Monkey  5 star

Best thing since sliced bread!


AR mode in iOS 11 is stunning  Cearbhall  5 star

I can finally see what the AR fuss is about. Sky guide makes great use of the iOS 11 augmented reality feature to give a seriously cool and fun AR mode. You have to see it in real time to get it. Stunning.


Conor Redmond  credmond  5 star

Excellent app showcasing the night sky in real time, you won't be disappointed


Useful tool for Astrophotographers  RBRES  5 star

Nice useful tool for astrophotographers. Well worth the price of the download.


THE BEST.!!!  Bea5867  5 star



Great app- well worth getting  Diarmuidb  5 star

Perfect for astronomy / photography


Brilliant app  Sarahd85  5 star

Great value for money


Fantastic  KAHD_Healy  5 star

An ideal companion to your telescope . Highly recommended !


👍🏻  Juliaheartlife  4 star

Good app, if not a bit expensive.


Best app I've ever used  ILOVESKYGUIDE  5 star

This app gives me hours of constructive and exciting entertainment. By far the best value for an app like this, I would value this (and spend) about 20 euro for this it's so worth it for astronomers like myself, beautiful visuals and sounds absolutely brilliant.


Sky Guide (iPhone 6S Plus)  ThomasFog  5 star

Beautiful, intricate and simple to use.

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