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SkyMap - Review

Skymap is available over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace that should appeal to the stargazer in all of us. The Windows Phone app provides an interactive sky map that will help you plot, locate and identify stars, planets, constellations, and other astronomical points of interest.

The screen lays out what your view of the sky should be facing various directions. There is a compass setting to allow you to adjust your point of view accordingly and the map is gesture supported for zooming and panning. There is also a night mode that's is easier to see at night and helps preserve your night vision. If you see something of interest on the map, just tap it to pull up more information on the object.

It's an interesting app for your Windows Phone with enough information to get you started with star gazing as well as aiding the more seasoned star hunter. To find out more on SkyMap, follow the break.

Feature Rich

SkyMap not only gives you a nice display of the stars it also puts a considerable amount of information on your Windows Phone. If you are looking for a particular constillation or planet, Skymap does have a search feature (with predictive text).

The app also gives you the ability to find future and past positions of stars and planets for years ranging from 1900 to 2100. Just go into your settings menu, swipe over to the Time Page and turn off the Current Time Setting. Then you can set the SkyMap to any particular date and time.

Additionally, your location can be set automatically using your Windows Phone's Location Services or if your curious what the sky looks like from another spot, go into the settings and enter a custom location. You can use more precise longitude/latitude or choose City locations from a list of preset locations.

Skymap ran smoothly and if you're looking for a handy astronomy app (that's full of information) for your Windows Phone, Skymap is worth checking out. There is a trial version available that has a few limitations and is ad supported. The full version will run you $1.29.

You can find SkyMap here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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SkyMap - Review

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I could not get the compas function to work, or at least - not in the way I expected. Did anyone else try this? I expected it to change when I faced a certain direction. I'd probably buy this if this worked that way.

phenolic, the app description says: "More features will be added during the future application upgrades and they will be available at no additional cost to the people who buy this application now. For example, we’ll try to add more stars, improved graphics, point the phone to the sky (when compass API becomes available)."no compass API = no point to the sky featureAfter Microsoft exposes compass API, this application will get an update with this "point to the sky" feature.Right now, the app has only a manual compass setting (click on the compass on top right and pick the direction/orientation of the sky map)