SkyGazer is an easy-to-use planetarium program designed for beginners in astronomy. It is the intro version of SkyVoyager, our professional iPhone astronomy software.
SkyGazer shows you every star the eye can see, plus 220 of the best-known star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the sky. It displays all the major planets and moons of the Solar System using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes a database of several dozen asteroids, comets, and artificial satellites.
SkyGazer accurately shows you the sky from any place on Earth, and any time up to 100 years in the past or future. SkyGazer also includes informative descriptions of the constellations, stars, and planets. It contains hundreds of images from NASA space missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and from the world's foremost astro-photographers.
If you have an iPhone 3G S with a compass, SkyGazer can show you the sky in same the direction that you're holding your phone. You can identify stars and planets by holding your phone next to them, and you can find any object in the sky by following an arrow that points in its direction. (Go to Settings -> Field of View to enable Compass support.)
The brand-new Time Flow feature lets you animate the night sky using simple VCR controls. Follow the motion of the stars and planets as SkyVoyager compresses days, months, and years into a few seconds.
SkyGazer's simple user interface makes it an invaluable tool for exploring the night sky.
For advanced users, Carina Software also offers SkyVoyager. SkyVoyager contains a much larger database of 312,000 stars and 14,500 deep sky objects. If you have a computer-controlled GoTo telescope, SkyVoyager can your iPhone or iPod's built-in WiFi to point your telescope in the sky.
Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch.
Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
WHAT'S NEW IN THIS VERSION:
1. Time flow! You can now change the date and time, either continuously or in single steps, using VCR controls easily accessible from the main sky chart view.
2. Bright nebulae are now shown with contoured outlines. Galaxies are displayed at their correct shape and orientation.
3. The Help view now contains links to various astronomy web sites, and a built-in web browser lets you view them without leaving the app.
4. Binary stars are now shown at their correct separation and position angle, and will orbit each other as years go by, using time flow. Binary star position angles and separations are now correctly reported in the Object Info view.
5. Anti-aliased star drawing places stars more accurately on the screen. Stars now "twinkle" when moving the view or flowing time.
6. A crash when computing moonrise/moonset times on days when moonrise/set does not actually occur has now been fixed.
7. The compass/altimeter are now temporarily disabled when you touch the screen, to allow swiping and zooming. They are re-enabled afterwards.
8. Corrected refraction formulae now provide accurate altitudes for objects near the horizon.
9. Updated descriptions for the Moon and a few bright stars.
10. The location displayed in the status bar sometimes incorrectly reverted to "Austin, TX" in previous versions. This has been fixed.