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Logo of Star Walk application
|Developer(s)||Vito Technology, Inc.|
|Initial release||for iPhone/iPod Touch: 2008 |
for iPad: 2011
The objective of Star Walk is to help astronomy amateurs, students and professionals locate and identify over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the night sky. Since its release Star Walk has been downloaded more than 5 million times.
The application allows users to explore astronomical objects in real time, watch moon phases, meteor showers, iridium flares, see daily sunset and sunrise times, elevation angle, and day length. Most of the objects in the application are complemented with extensive information about them.
Star Walk shows users a list of upcoming celestial events which they can add to the calendar and set a reminder for.
Also, the application is equipped with time machine feature which gives an opportunity to explore the map of the night sky in the past and future. Besides, Star Walk uses iOS device camera for augmented reality feature. It combines the image data from camera with the star map to give the user a real time view of celestial objects.
Star Walk for Android released on January 9, 2014.
In addition to its commercial success, Star Walk was very well received by critics. At WWDC 2010, Star Walk won an Apple Design Award for the iPad version. As of 2012, it won Parents’ Choice Gold Award in the "Mobile Apps" category, Academics' Choice Award, and World Summit Award in "Entertainment and Lifestyle" category. Also, The Webby Awards 2012 nominated Star Walk in "Education & Reference" category.
Earlier, Bob Tedeschi described it as the application that "will awaken your inner astronomer."
Lonnie Lazar of Cult of Mac offered to use the application "for stargazing as well as to show off some of my iPhone's capabilities to friends and curious strangers."
Soggy Astronomer wrote that "this app brings the old paper star chart into the smartphone age, and makes exploring the night sky easily accessible to everyone."
Derek Walter of RedOrbit.com recommended it for students and teachers, saying "whether or not you are an astronomy teacher, Star Walk is an immersive app for allowing students to explore the universe."
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