Astro Apps

So, what are the hot, must have Astro Apps?

Here are my current micropayment and (guilt) free astro related Apps, what other spontaneous little thrills ought we be hoping for Santa to bring us?
Strictly professional applications, of course, well, that and pretty pics:

    Here is what I got right now:

  • arXview – I like Dave Bacon’s implementation of an arXiv viewer
  • NASA
  • HubbleZoom
  • 3D Sun – gorgeous!
  • Planets
  • Space Images
  • Spitzer
  • Exoplanet
  • TimeTree (astrobio, really it is!)
  • Swift
  • CosmoCalc

I also consider FlightPro, Travelocity, GoogleEarth and WolframAlpha essentials for work.
And, Angry Birds, for the extra long faculty meetings…

Anyone else have any favourite must haves?


  1. #1 Phil Condreay
    December 6, 2011

    Stellarium is very pretty.

  2. #2 crd2
    December 6, 2011

    Google Sky Map

    Earth Geomagnetic Calculator 3D

  3. #3 Matt K
    December 6, 2011

    Osmos – it gave me a deeper appreciation of planetesimal dynamics and why angular momentum rules over (almost) everything, also demonstrates linear dynamics quite nicely. Should be compulsory for undergraduate mechanics 🙂

  4. #4 HD
    December 8, 2011

    Star Walk

    I’m looking for an app/calendar that will push notifications of interesting events: lunar eclipses, conjunctions, meteor showers, etc. Perhaps this is an iOpportunity?

  5. #5 Steinn Sigurdsson
    December 15, 2011

    @HD sounds like an iOpportunity, albeit a modest one.

    AstroBetter also asked for AstroApps, with similar results;
    I see Star Walk is popular, Starbucks is offering it as their Free App of the Week this week, go get your double skim peppermint mocha frapp venti now and get your Star Walk on!

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