Google Sky Map Is Dead – Long Live Open Sourced Google Sky Map


If there was one “must have” Android app ever since back in the G1 days, it was Google Sky Map. Used more as a way to impress friends or even that special girl as you lay on the hood of your car, Google Sky Map gave everyday Joe Shmoes access to stars and all of its wonders. With that being said — Google Sky Map is dead.

Okay, I should clarify a bit. Google has officially stepped down as head of the Sky Map project instead, open sourcing the app so that other “astronomy enthusiasts” can change/contribute, however they wish. Google also said that they will be collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University, who will see all future development of the app, by way of student projects.

The Google Sky Map team would like to thank all of our users who have taken the time to send us comments over the past 3 years. You tell us that Sky Map has helped you show off your phone, enabled you to see the stars when the urban light pollution or weather obscured them and even find romance!

Google Sky Map has helped my coax a fair share of dates into the mountains so that we could ” better view the stars” and for that — I thank you, Google. If you’re looking to get in on the open-source code it can be found, along with the app, via the links below.

Market Link | Sky Map Open Source Project

[Via Google | AndroidCommunity]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’m gonna miss google when they turn evil at the hands of some future CEO :(

  2. Now what tips do you have for not letting the wife find out about said date? ;)

    1. 2 lovers went up to the woods…. only 1 came back O_O

      1. Isn’t it the female that kills the male after doing the deed? Just sayin…

  3. So Chris, did those guys enjoy the views from the mountains? 

  4. And here I thought it was your hair that helped you coax your dates

  5. And here I thought it was your hair that helped you coax your dates

  6. HEY I GO TO THAT SCHOOL! Thanks Google

    1. Their PhD hoods are plaid…PLAID…you should go there!!!

      1. And now I have incentive to get my PhD 

  7. this is a cool app. ive found myself wondering where a certain star is in the sky many a times

  8. I don’t know if it’s the Gnex or what but this doesn’t work nearly as well as it did on my OG Droid.  I can turn 360 and the map barely shifts.  I hope the community can make this work like it did what I first came to Android.

    1. Yep, it doesn’t play nice on my Nexus either.  Sad, I was trying to show it off to my sister in law (4 years old) and it was just so wonky.  Agreed my OG Droid was rock solid with it.
      Perhaps it’s because it has a gyro? Or the barometer messes with it?

  9. The thing I hate about skymap is that the constellations are completely different than the ones I’m used to :(

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