Observing Jupiter in the early 21st century has come a long way since Galileo peered through a telescope at the massive planet 400 years before. As seems to be the case with acts from cooking your dinner to brushing your teeth, there is a smartphone app for observing Jupiter. Or, at the very least, for helping make observing Jupiter and its satellites easier. If you have an Android-based smartphone, the following completely free apps should take some the pain out of your desire to be an amateur astronomers.
Moons of Jupiter
Observing the moons of Jupiter is made easier with this app from qSoftDotApk that offers calculated predictions of the positions of Jupiter’s moon. If you have the telescope capable of focusing in on Io, Ganymede, Callisto or the rest, but not the eye to find them in the night sky, Moons of Jupiter is an app that you can pull out any time you find yourself driving through an area not polluted by artificial city lights. Keep your telescope in the trunk of your car and your smartphone powered up for just such lucky occasions.
Night Sky Tools: Astronomy
This free app for Android smartphones that can be used for far more than just observing Jupiter. One nice feature that developer Smoky Cogs thought to include was making Night Sky Tools: Astronomy independent from the necessity to be connected during use. Since some of the best places to observe Jupiter are located where the signal for your smartphone is a little dodgy at best, you will certainly enjoy the capacity to use nearly every aspect of Night Sky Tools: Astronomy even when you aren’t getting any bars at all. Among the tools included on this Android app are those that keep track of observation locations, a list of the brightest stars in the sky on any given date, the ability to find any comets that may be observable and, yes, another piece of software to zero in on Jupiter’s moons. Observing Jupiter is made much so easy through using Night Sky Tools: Astronomy that it may very well put an end to all those moments of frustration when newbies to amateur astronomy decide to give up altogether and sell the telescope.
For the ultimate newbie who is so early into the world of astronomy that observing Jupiter first begins with literally establishing where he stands in relation to the heavenly bodies surrounding him in the night sky, Planet Finder from JtApps really is the starting point. What could be more useful for the amateur astronomer wanting to observe Jupiter than an app that places your location in the middle of the screen and uses that smartphone technology to plot the planets in the sky around you relative to where you are standing? Just pull up the Planet Finder app and the first step toward observing Jupiter is accomplished: finding the dang thing in the sky.