SkyORB 2020 Astronomy

Developer: Realtech VR

Current Version: 2020.7.1

Last Updated: 18 days ago

Download Size: 95.5 MB - Download


SkyORB 3D takes you on a tour of the solar system or the galaxy
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This astronomy program charts the stars, planets, and other celestial objects such as comets and asteroids and lets you navigate through space.

SkyORB features a 3D interface, a search engine, a large catalog of stars (Hyparcos), deep objects (NGC/IC 2000) planets, current satellite (including current launch missions) (MPC) and let you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth.

Key features:

• Allows you to fine tune your observation location from the database of by entering longitude and latitude or automatically with Location Services,
• Calendar of astronomy events, and astronomy news.
• Information like sunset and sunrise are computed as well as moonrise and moonset and full / new moon dates and automatically generated calendar of upcoming astronomy events.
• 3D planetarium with planets and satellites and 3 different views with 3D objects with different level of details using photo realistic textures and visuals.
• 3D animation of the solar system in real-time or fast forward, with actual facts for each planets.
• 3D sky map with real-time precession with planets, stars, constellations, deep objects, comets and satellites,
• Comets and satellites trajectories which can be updated among 6 differents databases including IAU Minor Planet Center.
• Displays the world map sun clock with rise and set.
• Multi-touch trackpad (on some devices) with pinching-to-zoom gesture is supported for zoom-in and out.
• Universal search engine.
• Weather retrieval base from location.
• macOS features like push notification with important astronomy news, today widget : Get push notifications from astronomy news found in the press, and personnalized astronomy events and observation available near you.
• Personal location can be used for improving rendering of the start chart.

Important information regarding SkyORB

This app officially supported on the following Macs. To check your Mac model and when it was released, select About This Mac from the Apple menu on your menu bar.

◦ MacBook Pro (mid 2012 and newer)
◦ MacBook Air (mid 2012 and newer)
◦ MacBook (early 2015 and later)
◦ iMac (2014 or newer)
◦ iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
◦ Mac Pro (late 2013 or newer, or mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with Metal capable GPU)
◦ Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)

Note that All 21.5" iMacs models with an Nvidia 750M, 755M graphics card, although 'metal' capable are not supported.


Release Notes:

Thanks for using SkyORB. Here the changes in this version:

. Jovian events now includes full screen, System II longitude, magnitude and time-shift.
. When selected, comets and meteors now display rise and set times and magnitudes. Positions for the next 7 days are plotted in the local view.
. Improved phase calculation. Elongation are now displayed.
. The information of planet, star are now improved and widgets have been redesigned with a 'close' button.
. Other bug fixes and improvements.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 4.0.9
Review by Meiji's Dad

Sky ORB 3D - This app download is worth every penny that it cost! Amazing number of features available; excellent educational resource… As a retired teacher this should be a must have for anyone with elementary or junior high students studying science. Again proving Apple is geared to providing high educational materials…thanks

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 4.2.7
Review by webbwebs

Crashes EVERY TIME !!! - So far, I have not been able to get the application to load. The one thing that it does very well is crash!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people