Satellite Augmented Reality now in Android Market
Ever wondered what satellites are flying above your head when you look up? AGI has developed an Android app that 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. Those flying in sunlight are labeled in yellow, and those in the shadow of the Earth or Moon, in blue.
This yellow and blue coloring is useful to casual observers who go out looking at the night sky for satellites. Typically, those in shadow (blue) are not visible at all, while satellites in Sun (yellow) may be visible even to the naked eye, depending on size, altitude, and other factors. The best time to spot satellites is often just after dusk or just before dawn, when the Earth’s shadow is at a steep enough angle from the observer’s point of view that the satellites above are still lit by direct sunlight.
The app also contains a simple star map. The brightest 2000 stars are shown as white dots on the screen, to help the user align the app’s display with the sky above.
To get more info about Satellite AR, click here.
To get the app on your own Android phone, launch Android Market and search for “Analytical Graphics.” The name of the app is Satellite AR. Alternately, if you have a barcode reader on your phone, just scan the barcode below:
[UPDATED 11-23-2010] Here is a video of Satellite AR in action!