The iPhone and iPad are wonderful tools for amateur astronomers to use to plan their trips, learn about celestial objects, and teach their kids about the stars. These 7 star map apps let you use your iOS device to find stars and planets in the sky:
StarMap 3D+: lets you use your iPhone’s compass to find planets, constellations, and satellites.
Sky Guide: a simple app that tells you what you are looking at when you hold it to the sky. It has a catalog of 2.5m stars and an Apple Watch interface.
Star Rover: covers over 120k stars and 88 constellations. It shows moon phases, information about objects in the sky, and more. It determines your location automatically to show celestial objects in their proper place.
Star Chart: this universal app puts a visual star chart in your pocket. It uses augmented reality to show what you are looking at. Over 120k stars are included.
GoSkyWatch Planetarium: one of the best astronomy apps around, GoSkyWatch is designed to enhance your stargazing experience. It has an object finder with an arrow to guide you. The app also has a moon phase calendar and sun rise / sunset times.
Starmap 2: another star map app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. It has 8300 stars with characteristics and over 2.5m stars. Helps you point your telescope at the right object.
You are not limited to these apps. There are a bunch of other powerful astronomy apps available for kids and adults in the App Store. Have you found better star map iPhone and iPad apps? Please share them here.