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Hack #55. Install a Planetarium

This free application provides everything an amateur astronomer needs. It even transforms your device into a powerful telescope. Well, not really.

Do you ever look up at the night sky in dazzling amazement? Do you try to impress your friends by pretending to identify some obscure constellation even though you have no idea what you're talking about? Well, this free application can make anyone an expert.

MicroSky is a freeware program that is made for J2ME phones and includes a special version designed to work on the BlackBerry. You can view images of the night sky with the constellations already labeled. You can view the night sky from your location's perspective. MicroSky allows you to view what your night sky will look like at a certain time, so if there is a certain constellation you'd like to view, you can know when it is available for viewing.

MicroSky uses a SkyServer, which provides data to the public from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project. The data from the project provides access to almost 200 million objects in our sky. You can even download a portion of the main database and create your own SkyServer.

Download the Program

MicroSky offers an over-the-air installation (which, of course, is the easiest way to install), as well as .alx and .cod files suitable for installing with Application Loader using your USB connection. Access either installation here: http://www.upto.org/microsky/blackberry/. If you're installing MicroSky over the air, ...

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