Star Walk 6.0 brings augmented reality to stargazing, and it does it fairly awesomely. The iOS app lets user aim their device at the sky and presto – the screen is populated with the names of relevant stars in view, as well as complete cartography of the surrounding stellar area. In short: this is Star Trek, but for real.
In fact, the only real problem with Star Walk 6.0 is the lack of location data for Romulus, Vulcan, the Borg home world, Delta Vega, or Qo’noS (that would be the Klingon home planet, as the Trekkers among us surely know).
So, what exactly does it do?
Developed by Vito Technology, Star Walk is a handy astronomy guide that shows celestial objects (stars, constellations, satellites, etc.) in the exact positions on the sky above you, providing comprehensive information about them. It helps anyone even remotely interested in astronomy find their way across the sky, determine where to look for any chosen object, rewind or fast-forward time to see how celestial bodies move. It inspires curiosity about the Universe and helps understand amazing cosmic phenomena.
The visible and invisible parts of the sky are divided with colors that change in accordance with the time of the day. For the day time the sky is blue and bright, for the night time it is dark blue and black. Due to the improved visual effects, the sunset and sunrise look very realistic with flares and rays cross the sky. To view it one can choose the Sun and fast forward the Time Machine on the right side bar or meet a sunset with Star Walk app.
To make the adventure to outer Space even more educational the design team added new experience to the object Info. The new Info window features numerous pictures of the object, facts, figures,sizes and distances, detailed descriptions and Wikipedia articles.
And the best part is that you can enjoy Star Walk without the help of your own Mr. Spock or Mr. Data. Make it so!