6 Ways to Explore Space With Apple TV

Explore The Stars From The Comfort of Your Sofa

Apple TV continues to evolve, not only is it becoming a key tool for self-learning, now even budding rocket scientists can take a look at the stars thanks to this hand-picked selection of brilliant apps for armchair astronomers and wannabe space travelers.

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NASA’s Space App

Get A Real Sense of Space With Nasa's brilliant app. (Photo by Alexander Gerst / ESA via Getty Images).

Downloaded over 17 million times on all platforms so far (iOS devices, Android and Fire OS), NASA’s app puts a wonderful treasure trove of unique information at the command of any space enthusiast. You can explore spectacular views and images from space, and stay up to date with real space missions. You’re looking at high-definition video streams, 3D satellite tracking maps, mission updates and much more from NASA inside Apple TV. The app also offers a library of 15,000 stunning space images. There’s something for music fans, too, as it gives you access to NASA’s very own alternative rock station, ​​Third Rock

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Take a Walk Through Space

You can explore space in a truly intimate way with Solar Walk.

Another great app for armchair astronomers and space enthusiasts, Solar Walk 2 lets you explore the known universe from a range of angles. The app provides you with excellent detail, and provides you with a range of views you may not find in the NASA app – you can even see the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope flying over the Earth in real time. The developers build their own models of space from photos and blueprints, and you can explore the details in close-up very easily. This critically acclaimed app is one of the top-selling apps you’ll find on the App Store.

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This App Will Help You Map The Stars

Where will I find that star?.

A useful app for any stargazer, Night Sky lets you explore maps of the stars, offers interactive 3D models of the Solar System and provides a wealth of information about thousands of the stars, planets, and satellites that comprise it. There’s also a Latest News section and Night Sky View, the latter offering real-time guide to the stars above you right now.

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What's The Weather on Mars?

The Mars Weather app provides you with a range of interesting and unique views from Curiosity Rover exploring the surface of Mars. The app provides you with all kinds of information, including the latest climate data gathered by the probe. The app also offers a range of images taken from space and by the Rover itself, which you can skip through or autoplay. Weather data is provided by the Mars Atmospheric Aggregation System (MAAS)

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The Space Flight Game...

Fly through the stars with StarFlight.

Starfield TV is more of a visualization of space exploration rather than a factual exploration of the solar system, giving you a sense of what it might be like to fly through your choice of 24 colorful star fields. You can set the speed of travel, choose the direction and the number of stars. While this app shouldn’t be seen as being an educational app in the traditional sense, it does fill the gap of being an engaging little screen saver for your Apple TV. 

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Feeling Like an Astronaut? Watch the Earth From Space...

Watch the Earth from Space
Just travelling round the planets.

The Earthlapse TV app is like a virtual window on the International Space Station that lets you look down on the Earth below, like a stranded space explorer. This means you can watch the world turn in real time, explore the aurora borealis or stare at the Brazilian coastline as the station travels overhead. While it uses some of the same video feeds you'll find in the excellent NASA TV app, it has useful features that make it unique. One of these being its graphics, which are built using Apple’s powerful Metal graphics engine. You’ll also find 18 unique videos taken by ISS astronauts, eight different soundtracks, and four different clocks.

Apple TV, Your Gateway to the Stars

Apple TV is a brilliant platform for learning and we'll be returning to the theme quite frequently. Why? Because the unity between apps, Apple TV and the den makes this a compelling proposition, your own window on the world.