September 10th, 2014

Three Days Of Daytime Moon Hunting and a #SWFullMoonChallenge

Well, actually, it’s Waning Gibbous, but still pretty darn big and shiny with its super-full-harvest-moon afterglow. The Moon this month sure does have a lot of titles, and it gives us a great opportunity for some fun with a camera. Astronomers advise us to look in the East before going to bed, to catch the Moon over the eastern horizon.  Another good moment might be right after sunrise tomorrow, or in the next few mornings, that will hopefully allow us to see the daytime moon over the western horizon.

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An Airplane in Front of the Moon. Credit & Copyright: Chris Thomas

Snap a pic of the Moon and post it to Facebook, Twitter, of Instagram, tagged with #SWFullMoonChallenge. On Friday, we will choose 15 pictures we like best, and send a free code for Star Walk 2 to each of them. We will also repost some of your pictures to our followers along the way.


September 5th, 2014

Best New App for Little Stargazers

Star Walk Kids features hand-picked information to inspire children to learn about space. Browsing across the sky with live motion tracking, the young users can tap on any object they find to learn its name, size relative to the Sun, distance, and what it is known for. Selected objects are explained in short animated films voiced by professional actors. Users will learn what Polaris is, how to find it on the night sky, and how to determine cardinal directions on the spot, and much more.

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Features:

- Narrated educational cartoons and fun facts

- Live motion tracking to find out what stars are above you

- Time Machine to speed up the time and see how celestial objects move

- Colorful setting and simple controls

Download here.


August 29th, 2014

Neptune Reaches Opposition this Weekend

This Friday, August 29th, the outermost planet of the solar system will be rising in the East just as the Sun sets in the west making it a great opportunity to spot the blue ice giant. Although you can’t see it with the naked eye, a pair of binoculars or a telescope with help you out as long as you know exactly where to look for it. Neptune shines at +7.6 magnitude and is 4.3 billion kilometers away from the Earth, so despite it being 58 times larger than our home planet, you will see it as a 6’’ disk.

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Neptune: Big Blue Giant

Credit: Voyager 2, NASA

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August 22nd, 2014

All-New Star Walk 2

Star Walk 2 is a much faster and smoother app, that combined with a cleaner and simpler interface delivers an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All-new exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art and stunning new sound effects create an unforgettable stargazing tool.

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August 7th, 2014

Star Walk HD got a Tabby Award

Star Walk HD – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide has been declared a Winner in the following category:

iPad: Education / Adults, professionals and general

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The Tabby Awards, the only global competition for the best tablet apps and games, unveils the 2014 list of Tabby Awards winners, as well as the first Users’ Choice app list.

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