In anticipation of the planets alignment, I went digging for some cool Android apps to see the stars. I have several installed but I wanted to see if I'd missed any. Nope, so here is my list of recommendations to help you get your astronomy habit rocking and share in the excitement of the planets aligning, and get ready for a front seat view of this incredible astronomy experience, whether or not the weather cooperates.

Personally, I use Star Chart, SkySafari,and Droid Sky View on a regular basis, and Space Junk Pro and ISS Detector to track the Space Station and satellites.

Star Chart by Escapist Games Ltd. This is my all time favorite, though SkySafari and Droid Sky View come in close. The visuals are amazing and while I don't often understand why and how people saw the creatures in the sky for which the stars are named for, it helps to identify the constellations visually. I could go on about this app for ages, but check it out yourself. It's beautiful! Love all of the features and customization.

The SkySafari Plus Collection.
SkySafari (lite)( ($2.99)
SkySafari Plus ($14.99)
SkySafari Pro ($39.99 and worth it if you are serious about this stuff)

ISS Detector by RunaR - There are several International Space Station trackers and detectors available, but I like ISS Detector. It allows me to plan around watching the ISS fly by (it is an amazing experience if you haven't seen it. Appears closer than you can imagine sometimes.). It features a notification alert to let you know when it is coming by your area, which I appreciate. If I could just get the clouds to cooperate.

Space Junk Pro by Cass Everitt - Not a fantastic map app of the sky but a great way to identify all those UFOs, or should I say UMOs, Unidentified Moving Objects in the night sky. Space Junk Pro is great for tracking satellites as well as the International Space Station or Hubble Space Telescope to time when these will pass through your area.

Google Sky Map by Sky Map Devs - A simple but easy to use star viewing program, it helps with identifying constellations. I love the flexibility and ease to view the stars. It helps you identify the stars, learn constellations, and learn more about some of the stars. It is simple, clean, and easy to use with searching, allowing you to find specific stars in the sky. It isn't as "pretty" as some of the apps, but I enjoy the simple perspective sometimes.

Droid Sky View - Cool an fun, and helps you "see" the galaxy. Like the other visual astronomy apps, this one helps you locate and identify the stars and features graphic overlays representing the names of the stars. Like others, I can configure it to control what it will show me so I can get a clear picture of the sky.

Star Odyssey - Guide to "brightest" stars in the sky is cool, with some interesting information and data, but not the full visual effect as others.

Hubble Space Center by Virtualni Atelier - The Hubble Telescope has completely changed our perspective of the world around us, specifically the universe around us. The data returned from Hubble can be overwhelming. I like the Hubble Space Center app as it puts that data into perspective with beautiful images, news, updates, and facts about the telescope. You can even use the images as wallpaper, which I did. :D It's free and worth exploring so you can see how all the planets are lining up across the universe not just in our neighborhood.

Mobile Observatory by KreApp Dev Software - It's $3.99 and I haven't played with it on my own phone, just with others. It's simple and easy to use, turning the sky into a literal observatory, with great information and data about the stars. However, it didn't feel like it had the richness on the visual scale as some of the others I've played with. It's still worth checking out.

Some of these are also available in iPhone and for desktop computers.

Have I missed any of your favorites?
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