(Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Kim Hilbert (#12), Julie S. (#13) and Sharon Nelson (#26) as our winners for this week’s giveaway. Our winners were chosen using Random.org’s random number generator.)
A few weeks ago I downloaded the Star Walk app for my iPhone. My son is a stargazing enthusiast and I thought it would help us learn more about the stars together, as well as provide a tool for stargazing out in the field. Boy was I right! This app is really something to behold. Words can barely describe what this app does, its features are so unique to anything I’ve ever seen before. There are surely programs that do this type of thing on a computer indoors, but taking this program out to the field provides a whole new level of astronomy education, right there in your hands.
Here’s the basic rundown from the Vito Technology Inc. app page in the iTunes App store:
“Star Walk is your personal planetarium that can answer all of your curiosities about the sky! For anyone who is interested in stargazing, amateurs or professionals, Star Walk makes discovering more than 9,000 stars, planets constellations and messier objects as beautiful and easy as it has ever been before!
Use the Star Spotter function to see the sky in front of you in real-time. Tilt your iPhone towards the sky to activate the DIGITAL COMPASS which will determine location and orientation of your phone. The image on your screen will correspond to the area of the sky you are pointing your phone towards, and it will follow your movements. Please note that this function is available on 3GS devices only.“
The app is stated as compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (although they have a separate version available for the iPad), and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
So, after raving about this app on Twitter, I was contacted by the developers and asked if we would like to host a giveaway of the app. It didn’t take me three seconds to respond with a resounding “Yes!” So this week for our inaugural Wednesday Giveaway, we’re holding a contest to choose THREE lucky winners who will receive iTunes app store codes good for a free download of the Star Walk app for the iPhone. The winners will be chosen using Random.org’s random number generator.
The more you enter, the more chances you have to win!
(Note: Please use a valid e-mail address. US and Canada residents only. The winners will be chosen randomly. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, 5/11/10, at 5:00 p.m., PST. Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced here on the blog.)
(Image Source: All images are courtesy of Vito Technology Inc., the sponsors of this week’s giveaway.)