Recommended App – Space Junk.

Now, You’re probably asking yourself why the hell I’m posting an App recommendation at half past eleven on a Friday evening….. You weren’t, oh suit yourself.

The reason for the late posting is because this is a sort of joint suggestion for you, one is the App and one is an account to follow on Twitter, both tied together superbly with this App, as you’ll see….


Recommended App   Space Junk.

Recommended App   Space Junk.So, Space Junk is basically Google Sky Map but with a few bells and whistles. It’s called Space Junk because it quite literally shows all the junk floating about in space, well, all the stuff that is actually being used and tracked.

It’s very cool, if you haven’t seen Sky Map or Space Junk before they turn your smartphone into an image of the sky that uses the Gps to track where the phone is pointing and put the various stars/moon/satellites etc onto the screen, moving it in real time with the phone with labels telling you what they are.

You can switch various options on and off so not to clutter up the screen, but to be honest I leave it all on as it’s fascinating just scanning around and looking at things.

The second ‘part’ of this recommendation that really brings Space Junk to life is the regular passes of the International Space Station (ISS) and the superb Twitter account @Twisst. Follow @Twisst on Twitter and make sure your location is in your Bio and they will send you daily tweets telling you when the Space Station is going to be passing overhead and from what direction. You then can use Space Junk to track the space station moving along, clearing the horizon  and eventually coming into view.

Recommended App   Space Junk.

This is one of those instances that really allows you to show your smartphone off and even the most cynical critic will be impressed.

Oh, the reason for the late posting, I was checking if I had Space Junk installed as the Tweet above is the first time recently the ISS has been overhead at a (nearly) sensible time!

Apologies, I’ve looked, but I’m not sure if this is available in the Apple App store. ( Not got an i… device…)

Sources:

@twisst on Twitter

Space Junk Market link (Android)

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  • ItemSize

    “…uses the Gps to track where the phone is pointing”

    No it doesn’t.  GPS pinpoints location only.  When moving it can track direction of movement, but still can’t tell you which way it’s pointing.  You’re thinking of accelerometers, or g-sensors, or whatever the hell they call them in your particular brand of telephonic device.

    • Steve

      Petty comment. Thanks for the post, Stuart. I am going to check out the app now.

      • ItemSize

        “Petty comment.”

        Petty comment.  What I said was fact.  Get over it.

        • Steve

          What you said had nothing of worth. You were just being an asshat, otherwise you would have had something to say about what was being discussed instead.

          • ItemSize

            Correcting someone who has made a mistake is in itself worth pointing out.  You are simply attacking someone because you see no worth.  Let me make this very clear for you….  Just because you think something, it does not mean it is true.

            So it’s obviously clear who’s being an “asshat”.

          • Steve

            Again, nothing you are saying has anything to do with the original article or app.

          • ItemSize

            Yawn.  Cool story bro.  Well done.

  • Calm down guys…!

  • Cass

    Yup, space junk is available on both Android and iOS. Just scan the code at http://home.xyzw.us/star3map/

    Thanks!
    Cass