Star Rover is an app that allows people to use their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (Star Rover HD) as a virtual planetarium. It will calculate the positions of the Sun and Moon, planets and stars, and draw how the sky would look to an observer depending on their location and the time. It can also draw the constellations and simulate astronomical phenomena such as meteor showers, and solar or lunar eclipses.
After you run Star Rover for the first time, you will be asked for using your current location. If you don't allow this time, your location will be set to Washington DC. You can change your location manually by touching the Location button.
When Star Rover is finished loading, you will see something like the image shown below.
At the top of the screen you will see the date and the time which can be paused by touching. On the right side of the screen is the main tool-bar. The rest of the screen is a graphical representation of the sky and the ground.
Star Rover can do a whole lot more than just draw the stars. The controls main tool-bar provides a mechanism for turning on and off the visual effects.
Show/Hide the names of stars, planets and nebulae.
Show/Hide the constellation lines, names and arts.
Show/Hide Azimuth or Equatorial grid lines.
Toggle drawing of the ground and atmospheric effects.
Set time and location
Star Rover is very easy to control. It supports swiping gestures to pull the view around and pinch-to-zoom for more details. You can simply touch the sky object for its information.
In Star Rover 2.0, It is using the built-in compass to support point-and-view. If you are using iPhone 3GS/4/4S or iPad (Star Rover HD), touch this button and hold up your device then Star Rover will tell you exactly what you are pointing at.
Enjoy the starry night!