Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Today's Free App of the Day is Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
Originally $2.58


This is an attractive sky map that will show you the sky at your current time of day (which is daylight right now, here). You can fast forward to night time by tapping on the time shown in the lower left hand corner. (If you don't see the time, tap somewhere on the lower part of the screen.)  Tapping repeatedly on the fast forward button will change the speed at which it advances. You can return to the current time by tapping on the downward pointing button. To return to the home screen, tap somewhere outside of the time controls.

 Tap on the gear to see various settings. Press and hold on an icon to see what it does, or just tap on them to experiment. You can turn on star, constellation and planet names, and also lines or art to show the constellations. This app does not automatically orient itself depending on which way you face, you'll have to manually move it if you're going to look at the night sky.

 It's hampered by a lack of tutorial within the app, unfortunately. For more information on using the app, you may want to go to the app's Wiki: www.stellarium.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page. There's also a downloadable user's guide: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/stellarium/stellarium_user_guide-0.10.2-1.pdf

You can access the settings in the app by touching the gear in the lower right hand corner and then tapping on the wrench with star on the left side. One of the first things you'll want to do is set your location in the settings. I used the GPS option and it quickly found my location.

118 of 153 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HDXs. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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