Satellite AR: Satellite Tracking App for Android

 

Satellite AR: Satellite Tracking App for Android

Ever wondered what satellites are flying above your head when you look up? This app will show them to you using augmented reality. Point your phone's camera to the sky, and small icons track the locations of various satellites. For many, a line indicates their projected path across the sky.

If you want to see satellites with your own eyes, pick a warm, clear night away from city lights, and from the app's main menu pick "International Space Station" or "Potentially Visible Objects". Those two categories are the only ones you'll see without fancy optics. Look for satellites shown in yellow, not blue, because only the yellow ones have sunlight shining on the actual spacecraft. If they're all blue, it's the middle of the night, so try looking at a better time, such as the end of dusk or the beginning of dawn, when more sunlight is crossing the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) space above you.

Give your eyes time to adjust to the dark, you need to be able to see lots of stars before you'll spot a typical satellite. A satellite will look like a very faint star, except it moves across the sky in a matter of minutes, and it may "wink out" if it crosses into the Earth's shadow. You can touch any satellite to look for more detailed information about the spacecraft.

The main menu of Satellite AR has a sleek look that flows well on small phones and large tablets. There’s  a search button to look for a particular satellite or a constellation of satellites by name. You can even search for CubeSats. For more information visit the AGI website.