STAR WALK 2 The first Star Walk was a multi-award win­ner, so you can ex­pect big things from its suc­ces­sor

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For those who don’t know, Star Walk 2 is a stargaz­ing tool that fol­lows hot on the heels of the orig­i­nal Star Walk, which won an Ap­ple De­sign Award and was voted one of the App Store’s finest in 2012. It uses the GPS and gy­ro­scope in your smart­phone and com­bines that with masses of astro­nom­i­cal data to give you a pic­ture of the night sky above you.

Just point your phone at the sky for a real­time astro­nom­i­cal map. Point your phone down, and Star Walk 2 will show you the sky in the op­po­site hemi­sphere. But go beyond the sky, and the app will take you on a jour­ney through space to show you ev­ery­thing from Earth to the far­thest reaches of the known uni­verse.

And it does so with in­cred­i­ble beauty. The new ver­sion has 3D mod­els of plan­e­tary neb­u­lae, satel­lites, comets, as­ter­oids and more – the first space ex­plo­ration pro­gram to do so. De­vel­oper Vito has also added some nice poly­graphic art­work to il­lus­trate the con­stel­la­tions you find, and a suit­ably spacey sound­track to ac­com­pany your jour­neys. Whether you’re a space nut or not, this is an es­sen­tial down­load. $3.79, VITOTECHNOLOGY.COM, IOS

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