This quote speaks volumes to me. When I lived in South FL, I could barely see stars. If and when there was a meteor shower, it was impossible for me to view them. When I had boot camp or Crossfit in Cooper City, I would go to the 5:30 am classes. On my drive there, when I got to the Davie area, I would see shooting stars on Flamingo Road. Twenty years ago, Davie was considered rural. Now, suburbia and surrounding cities have encroached. However, it was the only place where I got to witness some sort of action from the heavens.
Now that my home is in a rural area, I’ve been blessed to be able to look up and see tons of stars. When I walk at night, it feels like I’m walking in a planetarium. There’s a lot of reflecting and feeling small, but my favorite part is getting excited and feeling like a kid again.
The first app I’m going to talk about is called Sky Guide, which is on iTunes for $1.99. This app is very user friendly. When you point your phone in any direction, it tells you exactly what star, planet and constellation you’re looking at.
This is Ursa Minor, also known as the Little Dipper. The star at the end of the dipper handle is Polaris, the North Star.
Ursa Major, also known as the Big Dipper. I didn’t know this but people also refer to it as Plough as well. The best time to see it is in April.
Orion, one of the most recognizable constellations in the sky. It was named after a Greek Hunter. The Orion Nebula is south of Orion’s belt.
Has anyone noticed a moonless night the past couple of days? I was out at 3:30 am this past Saturday and noticed the moon rising. It was pretty neat. I took the above pic at 3:10 pm. The moon and the sun are both out right now.
If you’re into your zodiac sign, this app will tell you where your sign is, or when it will rise and set.
There’s a search bar, which helps you look for constellations, moons, stars and galaxies.
This App is beautiful, informative, and very user friendly. It also plays really chill planetarium like music. I use this app almost every night. The best thing about Sky Guide is that I’m learning and enjoying myself. It’s definitely a favorite!
The next app I’m going to talk about it a free app from iTunes and it’s called ISS Spotter. You get an alert when the International Space Station is visible in your area. The ISS is an artificial satellite in low Earth orbit, which is why it can be seen by the naked eye at the appropriate time. Currently, it is the largest artificial body in orbit.
I grew up 45 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center. Growing up, my daddy would take us outside to watch the shuttle launch from a yard. All of the neighbors would go outside and everyone would be in complete awe. We all would watch rocket launches too, and I swear, they never got old! In school, our teachers let us on the P.E. field to watch the launch. It was harder to see because it was during the day, but again, everyone was always so excited and so proud that this was happening in our own backyard. My older siblings are 7, 10, and 11 years older than me. They remember the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster. I always get goosebumps when they tell me what they saw from the field. The kids and teachers knew right away what happened. They said that people started bawling on the field.
To grow up with this in Florida culture, it was a no brainer that I would want an app that alerted me every time the ISS was visible in my neck of the woods.
Super easy and a no brainer. Go to Forecast and click on the times you want to be alerted.
When I clicked on Position, I saw that the ISS was over Congo.
This is also an app that I use a lot. Not daily, but I do check it every couple of weeks to see the visibility alerts and set them. Sometimes you can see it, sometimes you can’t because it’s cloudy outside. Also, I can usually see the ISS about 2 minutes after the alert time. It looks like a bright ball moving across the sky at fast speeds.
The both of these apps are definitely a favorite. I hope you all love them as much as I do!
P.S Do you like my Shabby Chic Wutang background on my phone? I crack myself up.
Disclaimer: I purchased this product. I am not compensated in any way. The opinions in this post are honest and entirely my own.