Stargazing with Google Sky

Today I downloaded the Google Sky app on my Android smartphone. So when it finally got dark today, I went out stargazing to try it out. I find this application really useful as it follows the movement of the phone and identifies the constellations, stars, planets and other celestial bodies you are pointing at. If you love stargazing and have an Android phone, then you really should download this free app!

Google sky application for the Android
Google Sky Application for the Android. Image credit: Google

jupiter_cassiniWhile looking at the eastern sky, I saw a really bright star close to the Aquarius constellation, so I scanned it with my phone and I found out that it was Jupiter. What’s interesting is that this month Uranus is meeting with Jupiter in its apparent position in the sky. Such an event is called a conjunction. Unfortunately Uranus is not visible to the naked eye, so we cannot really witness this event without a telescope, or at least some powerful binoculars.

In conclusion, I have to say that stargazing is a really good and refreshing way to take a break from the tedious college work. And now that I have Google Sky on my phone, I am going to do it more often! 🙂

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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