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I know, right? I saw it last night and pick it out immediately. It's the rusty one that's brighter than Saturn.
If people are having trouble finding it, this android app is awesome!
Install the free Skymap app on your android phone, and there are some excellent similar apps for ios.
They use your phone's GPS and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) gyroscope to know your phone's exact position.
So as you move your phone around the sky, you'll see the stars and planets and you can then figure out which bright object is what.
It is pretty amazing technology.
Like the other commenters are saying, it's most likely Venus. It is the brightest object in the night sky after the moon.
On a side note, if you have an android or iphone device, you can install Google Sky Map. It's a handy little tool that will show you a map of the night sky and let you find where the planets, stars, etc are.
If you download the Sky Map app for android or some equivalent app it's super useful for getting your bearings. You just hold your phone to the sky and it'll tell you what you're pointing at.
Probeer Google Sky Map.. Dan kan je gewoon je telefoonscherm naar boven richten en kijken wat er te zien is, of de telefoon je laten leiden naar iets dat je zoekt.
edit; blijkbaar zit Mars nu aan de andere kant van de Aarde...
Sky Map and Stellarium are both great, free (floss) pieces of software to help you get started.
Sky Map FTW. I'm pretty sure IOS has some sort of counterpart as well. It's not 100% precise, but it will point you in the general direction on where to look, from there you can infer the object from the neighbouring stars.
/r/telescopes is a great resource for finding out which telescope is best for your needs and budget. Definitely consider buying second hand.
Sky Map is a great Android app for looking up at the sky and locating stars, planets and constellations. After some practice, it's a fun exercise to guess the identity of something you can see, then check it with the app.
ISS detector is another great app which alerts you when the space station is visible to the naked eye in your area. Sometimes it can be the brightest object in the sky.
If you can, download the Google Sky Map for Android or SkyView if your phone is overpriced. You can use those phone apps to locate stars, planets, and constellations near you, based on your location.
Depends where you are. Most likely yes, Mars is the only bright orange object in the sky right now.
If you want to check, grab a free app like Sky Map and point your phone at the object. Alternatively, use an online planetarium
One of the best uses for a smartphone is Google Skymap. here it is for Android ... and here is an equivalent for iPhone
App-Empfehlung für Leute, die gerne mal in den Himmel gucken und sich fragen was da so komisch leuchtet: Sky Map.
Try out the app "Google sky map" if you're curious whats in the night sky
If you have an Android phone, check out this app from Google that will let you identify what you are seeing in the night sky at any time. [link]
Daca ai Android pe telefon, instalează-ți "Sky map" (făcut de Google). Îndrepți camera telefonului către cer, iți arata numele la toate planetele și constelațiile.
Venus is in the same direction as the sun so it's in the west in the evening and the east in the morning.
Also, Google Skymap if you're on android (no longer a google project, community run now) [link]
So, this google ad is quite nice. But I would like to point something out. They featured an app, that they haven't updated since... forever.
It's pretty sweet, but doesn't seem to like my phone. Maybe because my phone is broken, maybe because it hasn't been updated since 2011.
That's a great website. Another great tool is the Google Sky Map if you have an Android phone you pretty much just point it in front of you and will show all the celestial objects where you're looking.
In case you're in that situation again, I can recommend these two apps (Android) for identifying stars, planets, etc:
Don't know about iOS, but I'm sure there'll be similar apps there too.
Tip: If you have trouble finding them or want to know what constellations you are looking at, download Google Sky Map and point your phone to the sky. The app uses geolocation and shows you the stars, constellations, and planets.
The point of the W in Cassiopeia always points (mostly) to Polaris, and Cassiopeia rotates around Polaris throughout the night. Behind Cassiopeia (in respect to Polaris) is Andromeda, and on a nice, dark night you can see the Andromeda galaxy which is actually a whole lot bigger than the moon.
For learning the constellations (as well as finding things in the sky) the two things I found to be the biggest help were Stellarium for planning a night of observation and Sky Map for understanding what I was seeing in a particularly part of the sky.
Plenty. Just search for "star map" in the Play Store.
Unless you are looking for some specific features you forgot to mention..
Sky Map - [link]
SkyView - [link]
You could use Stellarium on your computer, or Sky Map on your cellphone. They feature a "time travel" mode, where you set a past/future date and time and you will presented whith the correspondant position of the stars. Be sure to set your own location first. So, you would set the date and time when you took your picture, then point with your cellphone to the most approximate direction as when you took the picture, and you'll know the names of the celestial objects. If using your computer then you would also set your location first, then the past date, and then you would drag the sky to the approximate direction as well.
Sounds like Google Sky Map is exactly what you're looking for. I've been using this app while camping and as a cool party trick for years. Night mode is wonderful on an AMOLED screen.
Shows planets in real time and has a "time travel" option to change the date/time.
At first I used Stellarium on PC but the Sky Map app for android is even more convenient.
check Sky Map app. madali mo lang mahahanap yung mga stars. point mo lang sa sky makikita mo sa screen mo anong mga stars/constellations in that area.
per quanto mi riguarda: io uso spesso l'applicazione SkyMap, che usa appunto la bussola per orientare correttamente il cielo puntando il telefono.
Altro dettaglio: la navigazione a piedi è inservibile. E anche in auto se vai troppo piano ti svalvola l'orientamento del telefono.
E' proprio una cazzata e non ho capito perché non ce l'abbiano messa. Probabilmente per obbligarti a prendere una fascia più alta... ammetto infatti di aver guardato il Moto Z2...
If you have an Android device, then try [link]
If your device has GPS and a magnetometer, it can even be used to point it in the right direction and tell you what is there
There's a decent android app called Google Sky Map that's a big help identifying planets and stars. You hold your phone up to the sky, and it shows you a map of what's up there in the direction you're looking.
You mean like Google Sky Map???
Or you mean your compass is 'broken' and doesn't align Sky Map up with the actual night sky? Because I find it works incredibly well on my N4.
Hell, if you've got a smartphone handy, something like Google sky map or SkEye are especially handy, free too. (I'm sure iOS has them, or similar as well)
I recommend getting this app! [link]
It was made by a group of Google Engineers in there free work time. All you have to do is start up the app and point it at the sky. It will label everything for you. :)
A smartphone app similar to Sky Map that you can use when you are in an airplane, that will display the place or town name of whatever is below you.
Venus. You can usually tell because it's much more brighter and bluer than the other planets and most stars.
The smaller, reddish one above the moon is Mars.
Try Google Sky Map
it's pretty cool
I recommend you to use this android app called Sky Map. It's useful to know which planets or stars you can see.
And I think that is Jupiter.
If you happen to want a phone app, I use this.
It doesn't have the same detail and awesomeness as Stellarium, but it's nice to just hold up to the sky and be able to move it around.
Check this out if you have an android that has tilt sensors (cheapie phones don't). Actually I think you might still be able to use it without them but you have to adjust it manually. Basically point it at whatever object in the sky and it tells you what it is, can go to date/time and was made by google before they open sourced it.
Also now that I think about it, Stellarium is pretty neat.
Theres an app called skymap for android, and I am sure there is a mac equivalent, it uses your phones gps angle and compass to let you hold it out and aim it at the sky and see what stuff is. [link]
Use Google Skymaps if you are using an Android phone to search and locate celestial objects. You will be able to see Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus without much effort. Happy star gazing.
Venus is very bright and never too far from the Sun in the sky (because it orbits closer to the Sun than Earth does), so it is only visible around sunrise and sunset. Mercury is even closer to the sun, so it is difficult get a good view of it. Mars is slightly reddish, and Jupiter is quite bright; both can be found either far from the Sun or close to it, because their orbits are futher out than Earth's.
But yeah, like /u/YMK1234 says the position of any planet in the sky at a given time can be calculated very accurately (like how e.g. solar eclipses are predicted). You can use a program like Stellarium or an app like Sky Map to find out where to look for each planet (and much more).
If you have an android phone try downloading Sky Map. Just point your phone at the planet or star and get the name.
There's also an incredible app you can use called Sky Map where you just point your phone at the sky and it will tell you what you're seeing.
FYI: If you're on Android, you can install Google Skymap and then point your phone at the star/planet/alien in the sky and it'll tell you what it is.
at dusk looking north at 6pm it's most likely polaris or part of the big dipper
next time, download [link] and can point your phone at it
You can use Google Sky Maps to find Saturn (and literally any other sky stuff) really easily.
Also it's not visible here :(
Adicionando para os interessados, recomendo o app Sky Map, para Android. Simples, pequeno e grátis.
Ótimo para apontar para o céu quando você vê alguma formação curiosa (que me fez descobrir essa formação da matéria há alguns dias).
Ah, o ainda Sol está se pondo e tem uma estrelinha solitária bem ali do lado da Lua. Qual será?
Actually, if you know where to look, you can see Venus quite clearly during the day. Jupiter and Sirius too, under good conditions.
Edit: in fact, today is a pretty good day to see it, as it appears quite far from the sun at the moment. You can download Sky Map to your smartphone, which will make finding it quite easy, given a clear sky.
Start off by quickly checking this wiki entry about Messier objects. If you own a smartphone download a star map app such as Google's Skymap and look for the green coloured objects marked as M1, M2 and so on. Try pointing your scope there especially if it is as away as possible from the horizon and away from the moon!
Would you mind checking if google sky map works please. It is an augmented reality app where you point your phone at stars so you can see what they are. I want to know if it still works without a gyro...
> Can someone please recommend some free apps (Android) for astronomy, star-gazing etc?
My favorite free Android app is Sky Map. It shows objects in the sky in a way that's coordinated with the present position of your Android device, so you can use it to identify things while looking at the sky.
There are other similar applications but I don't want to suggest apps that I haven't personally used. You might want to search the Play Store for similar applications and try them out.
It's not, but we don't know what it is right now without more information. It's probably a planet, but maybe not.
Consider using a program like Stellarium to find out what you're looking at. You can set it up to view the sky from any location at any time. There are options to include satellites, too. You can set it up to view present conditions, or "what did I look at from this location, last night at 10:00 pm?" or "what would my night sky look like from Zimbabwe on August 15 2019?". Really versatile tool - I love it.
Or, try Google Sky Map and bring your phone outside with you to compare the sky and the map in real-time. I use this more often, because it's so easy to just pull out my phone, wherever I am.
Also, you should consider having the Sky Map app installed. This will make it easy to locate major celestial bodies and frame your pictures.
> , i immediately opened my laptop and started Space engine and tracked the pov relative to us and in the simulator i showed her it was Venus and flayed over the camera to show her how its like close by she was all amazed
Is nice too if you don't have access to a laptop at all times.
This might help. [link]
Also, if you have an android smartphone (I'm not sure about other OS'es) check out Sky Map's time machine feature.
You should only be able to see Venus for a few hours after sunset. Because its orbit is closer to the sun it appears to stay near the sun in the sky, but is only visible in dimmer lighting during dawn and dusk. You may be thinking of Mars?
There's a great phone app for viewing the positions of the stars and planets.
If you're looking for a decent app like this, try SkyMap
I'm not affiliated in any way with them and have nothing to gain by posting this, but I mention it because I've had this app for a year or so now and not only does it do what it's supposed to, the few ads in there are quite non-intrusive and it's never pestered me to buy anything or subscribe to anything.
I haven't tried any of the iOS options, but this app looks promising
There is more than light pollution at issue. If you're in an urban area, chances are you're at a low altitude (exception: Denver). Lower altitude means you have to look through more of the atmosphere, which degrades the "seeing".
There's a reason big telescopes are on top of mountains -- less air, more and steadier view. Also by being far from cities, these locations have darker skies, your first point.
In a country location far from cities, a binocular view with a minimum of 50mm objective lenses is a very nice experience. A telescope, even better.
> ... however Mars is clearly visible. If I got a telescope or binoculars, would I be able to see it more in depth ... ?
For Mars, you need a pretty powerful telescope to see anything more than a nice bright orange disc. Mars is a difficult target even when it's close to us as it is right now.
But there are all sorts of interesting targets accessible through a refractor/reflector of 4" (100mm) and larger. Things called Messier objects, indexed by number and named after a famous historical astronomer who cataloged many objects before we even knew what they were. A globular cluster like Messier 13 (Hercules cluster) is quite spectacular, and when you realize you're looking at several hundred thousand stars, all the more so.
There's much to see, and there are now free Android apps that use your tablet's compass and other sensors to guide your viewing and help you know what you're looking at, example Skymap. There are many others.
(Sorry, I know this is a few days old.) A couple of resources that were invaluable when I was getting started were the Sky Map app (formerly Google Sky) and skymaps.com for simple paper maps. I still use both of them fairly regularly. The app is awesome for just looking up at the sky, seeing something bright, looking it up, and realizing "oh yeah, that's Saturn".
Link (for Android): [link]
If anyone wants to see this for themselves, go download a skybox app (example), find Mars, and compare it to a nearby star. Aldebaran is a good reference at the moment. It's apparent magnitude is much brighter, but its angular size is very small & it flickers like crazy.
Pick an app like Sky Map, point your cellphone to anything at the sky, then you start reading about that star or planet. It's really cool.
Link? Can't see a Google-branded sky map, only other brands, in the UK: [link]
EDIT: Link for the lazy: [link]
If you have an Android phone with Gyroscope, GPS and Compass you can use this app [link]
It actually allows you to point to an area of the sky and see what's there, or you type the name of the object and it points to that object in the sky. It allows you do this for different time and date as well.