The Night Sky Reference App Review (iOS, $0.99)


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Seller: iCandi Apps

Thank you for making The Night Sky a worldwide success!

This update brings the following enhancements:

- Holidays are coming! Track Santa in The Night Sky on Christmas Eve with the magical Santa tracker!

- Bug fixes and general app enhancements.

If you enjoy using The Night Sky, please give it a great review on the App Store!

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
37 Ratings
All Versions:
8256 Ratings


The Night Sky - Simply Magical

The Night Sky is a magical new app that enables you to identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and even satellites you can see above. Just stand anywhere and hold your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad up to the sky and The Night Sky will display the names of the stars, planets and other objects you are able to see, just like magic!

Even if your view is obscured by clouds or daylight, The Night Sky app will know which stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and satellites are hiding from your view! You have to use this app to realize just how amazing it is!

The Night Sky does this by using your location data provided by the GPS and compass built in to your device. It then cross references your location data with its inbuilt map of the sky and overlays the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and satellites names on your screen. It really is magical and will amaze you, and anyone you show it to!

With the new Sky Information Pack, The Night Sky now gives you a wealth of information about the objects you can see. No longer will you wonder what is above you, The Night Sky has all the information you need to answer all your Night Sky questions!

So next time you're gazing up in to The Night Sky and wonder the name of a star, planet, galaxy, constellation or even a satellite, just get out your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and let The Night Sky app amaze your gaze!

The Night Sky really is simply magical!

The Night Sky is amazing people worldwide! Look at how the magic is working -






PLEASE NOTE: Night Sky 2 is Now Available! Please search 'Night Sky 2' on the App Store and download it now!
It's recommended you download Night Sky 2 as it contains many more features than this version of Night Sky!

Customer Reviews

  • CeeCee

    by Canner Sue

    I love it! Downloaded and started using right away! Simple and fun! My 8 yr old grandson loves to check out the moon and stars :-)

  • Great Ap

    by Fordmann55

    I use it all the time. It is easy to use and beats carrying a star chart.

  • Fun app

    by Big daddy1214

    Love the star locator. My favorite is the ISS locator, and satellites.


    by Rayette-Cruz

    I love this APP!!! It is very educational, entertaining and mystical!! I love the music it provides! It is soooo real!! I'm learning a lot and it has me stuck on watching the sky's!! Best Sky APP out there!! 5 STARS all the way around!!

  • My favorite "fun" app.

    by bbq brisket

    Very informative.

  • Outside at night!

    by Sub eye

    I have greatly enjoyed this app in many locations. On the beach, in the field and by campfires in wooded areas. It is great fun to use with a child, or another adult curious about the constellations. Would like it to respond more quickly but suspect my old iPad is the issue.

  • Tobreor

    by Tobreor

    I really like this app. It has all the features I would want.

  • I bought Santa Tracker last year...

    by Chompiemom

    This app is fantastic, I am just a little disappointed that I have to purchase the Santa Tracker again this year. The app keeps the kids (ages 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9) engaged and we are all learning at the same time. The Santa Tracker kept all of us (including grandparents) entertained last year. I will buy it this year.

  • Awesome!!!!!!!

    by Teachai92

    This app is absolutely awesome. I don't have anything negative to say about it.

  • Fascinating!

    by Sullyprinter

    Amazes me on the accuracy. Went to the beach to see the blue moon. Couldn't find where it was rising by naked eye. Used the app and found it under the horizon and 1 minute later was able to catch some amazing pics of the moonrise!

  • Works well

    by Ssdrstaninfl

    Wish I had this when I took astronomy class.

  • Cool app, but....

    by Llaaaa

    You have to pay for add-ons AND even though I paid for the Santa tracker last year, apparently I have to pay for it again each year.

  • Great app! Some suggestions:

    by JDK in AK

    1) Every time I open the app, I have to turn off the satellite mode just to de-clutter. 2) Then I have to go to settings and fix my location, because it doesn't remember where I'm at (and I don't want to have to wave my phone in circle 8s until it eventually figures out where I'm at). 3) Wish star information included the meaning of the star's name in English.

  • Great app

    by Kevin519

    This is the best way to learn the constellations that I've ever used! It tracks sattelites as well. A must have for amateur astronomers. The compass takes a while to get oriented sometimes and i wish they would take out the sound effects and just let me play my own music, but what the app does well makes it good enough for a five-star rating. But seriously guys, take out the sound effects or let me turn them off. If I'm out looking at the stars there's already outside noises going on, I don't need some hokey wind noises cutting out my music. Plus, they don't really add anything to the experience. Otherwise, great app!

  • Great app

    by S'y57

    This app is very easy to use and has great information.

  • A fun app

    by G town 1

    This is a great app! We have enjoyed identifying stars and satellites using this app. One night we were able to track the Space Station while it passed right over us. We would not have known what it was without this. Worth the purchase!

  • Great app to impress and educate

    by Duke Scarp

    You can impress your friends who cannot tell the difference between stars and planets. Spot the Hubble (or any) satellite. Increase your knowledge of the cosmos. Warning: this app will not crush candy!

  • Awesome!

    by Sci-fi geek11

    I am a astronomy geek and with this app, I can study the sky wherever I want! I'm learning more and more stars and constellations with this app.

  • Wunderbar

    by Finzul

    A great app to have only limited by nonbranshinnynew iPhone paper weights.

  • Love it!!!

    by AmberD46

    Great app!!!

  • Used to Love It BUT......

    by New @ this

    Update: Now they don't even respond to emails. Why is it mid-Jan., but they're STILL showing the "Night sky for NOVEMBER??? My original revue is below. The reason I've downgraded this from 4 stars to 2 is that ever since they introduced the Night Sky 2, & Night Sky Community, the RSS feed has been completely neglected. It's Dec. 31st, & they're still showing the Night Sky in NOVEMBER!!! Disgraceful!! Original Revue: A little tricky if there's too much ambient light, but very accurate. I use it with a small hand held planet finder & my telescope. Have been fascinated by the night sky since I was a teenager. This is one of the most fun apps I own. A MUST buy for this is the information pack.

  • Nice but not functional

    by razvansky

    I am not happy with the way it is implemented. Names of constellation fade out to fast and even if I keep my iPhone/iPad in a stable/fixed position the sky is moving. Sometimes it does not match the actual sky.

  • Save you're self the money.

    by gCamilo

    You might as well buy a book of pictures if you want to learn the constellations. You have to pay extra for the information pack.

  • Annoying, but does the job.

    by denjunki

    I really just wanted Google Sky Map, but The Night Sky will have to do. I don't know why the designers thought that loud cork-popping sound effect when the app is opened was necessary or appropriate, or why the nag popups every time the app is opened was a good idea. The interface is cluttered with cryptic icons and unnecessary and unwanted "features". It does show me what objects are in the sky behind my ipad right now, so it gets two stars for being functional.

  • Bait and switch

    by My Night Sight

    Worst of all the astronomy apps. This app has a fraction of the features of most other astronomy apps, and when you are using it you get ZERO information on anything in the sky unless you pay four times the purchase price just for an "information pack". Also, this app has been priced this way for almost two years, it is not on a limited time sale. Very deceptive by this publisher, who just wants everyone to think the app is "magical".

  • Swag

    by Nick012998

    Dis good app much reccomend

  • Can't wait till my granddaughter comes over

    by Michelle and Jason

    My 3 year old granddaughter and I love to stargaze. Now I can educate her (and myself) while having a fabulous time. I just bought this and realized you have a "2" now. I don't want to use double memory or have to pay twice. I'm hoping you'll just switch the apps for me. They're the same price. Please

  • Wonderful!

    by Pee Wee 99

    This app is by far one of my favorites. I love to use it when I'm away from the city. It just calms me!

  • Love this

    by Saloldgal

    Love this app. It is awesome to know what is up in the sky even if it is cloudy and can't be seen by the naked eye. Also awesome when you see a star, planet and constellation and it is named in the app. Definitely recommend this if you love star gazing.

  • iPhone 4S

    by Moc 1

    This app no longer works with the iPhone 4S. To look east/west I have to lay it down on its side and to look south the phone must be upside down.

  • DonnaII

    by Wallowagal

    Do not purchase this app. It does not work at all. I needed to give it some kind of rating in order to send this, but it does not rate one star.

  • Love this app.

    by Jnenny

    We have a awesome time using this app at night, at anytime during the year. My children & I use this for all kinds of information. We tried other apps, but none of them were true time or as accurate as this. My friends also asked me about where I got this because we had so much fun using it. I think you should try it if you haven't it's a lot of fun.

  • Night aky

    by Nicko1949

    Great app

  • Interested in Astronomy? Even just a little??

    by IMDB!!

    Then get this App!!!!!

  • Great fun app

    by The seven

    This is my favorite app. So easy to use and fun! Can be inside and use it too which is great when cold. Highly recommended! Great for kids.

  • Great app to share

    by JayHaney

    Either by myself on the porch, walking with friends in town, or spending time with my kids while camping, this app is so handy in locating and info of constellations.

  • Love!!

    by Hanna Deloren

    I absolutely love this app!! Has made stargazing and satellite spotting a billion times easier!! Would and have recommended this app to all of my friends, as well as my astronomy professor.

  • Awesome

    by Captain Malcom

    This is great I can't see how no one has reviewed this before me!

  • Perfection

    by EmJep

    Favorite app by far.

  • Best app ever

    by Adam Leonardi

    I love this app it helps with star tracking perfect tracker for any stargazer.

  • Great app, 2 favorite features


    Very accurate with identifying stars, planets, and satellites. Favorite 2 features: -The screen changes to red for night vision and yet is easy to see. -Zoom in to the sky on the app and more stars appear. Here in Texas, this app shows almost all the stars that we see at the house. When we stay close to the city, obviously you can't see as many stars in the sky as the app shows. Very good with tracking/showing constellations.

  • Great, useful learning app!

    by Patsarge45

    Great app! I love looking at the stars in the sky on a clear night, trying to identify constellations and planets alike. This app is a really handy tool to help me do just that. Moreover, I had no idea that Uranus and Neptune were hiding in plain sight (sort of!) before I acquired this app for my iPhone. It's that great!

  • iOS7 Fail!

    by Rednizzle

    N, S, E, W Orientation no longer works since new iOS7 software upgrade. Now my money has been wasted!

  • G

    by Adrian Bautista


  • Artist

    by Johnniemcnellie

    Love this app! Saw things in the sky didn't know were there. Great education tool!

  • Really enjoy it . I us it often.

    by Xtierds

    Great. !

  • Another "Must Have"

    by JRB882

    Great app! Large in size but well worth it. It's fun and educational.

  • Ok

    by J Michael Evans

    It's an ok app but why does it need to be calibrated every time it is opened?

  • Don't waste your money on orphan app

    by The capital of Poland

    Bought this a few months ago, now it turns out they're putting all effort and updates into Night Sky 2, which one has to buy to get. Jerks. Will never buy another app from this company again.

  • What's with a new paid version???

    by huzzam

    I like this app, but I just bought it a month ago and now there's a "Night Sky 2" which I have to pay again for, if I want updates from now on? That's really sheisty.

  • Fantastic app

    by Ron Hill392

    You don't have a telescope or are tired of lugging that huge thing in and out of the garage? Your prayers have been answerd. Night Sky 2 is the solution to your problem. I had an 8" Schmidt-casegrain and this app matches what I could see and in some cases exceeds it. SUPER app. No questions asked

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