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Two ways to try picoSkyTM:

Visit http://www.bubbasbits.com/wap/ with your cell phone to download the FREE Trial Version.

Send a FREE picoSky Trial Version to your phone!

A Lot of Sky in a Little Space TM

Have you ever looked up into the night sky and wondered "what is that bright star"? Or maybe "what planet is that so close to the Moon"? You could find out if only you carried around a computer with you. Well you do! With picoSkyTM your cell phone has the power to show you what that star or planet is. picoSky is a tiny JavaTM application that harnesses the computational power of your cell phone to display a graphical representation of the night sky, for your location and time. Amateur astronomers can use picoSky to find out when their favorite globular cluster or nebula is going to rise. Professional astronomers can use picoSky's advanced Julian day and sidereal time calculations when making an observation report. picoSky is so simple to use that anyone can use it to help answer questions about their night sky. Pull out your cell phone, start up picoSky and find out exactly what star, constellation or planet that is!

picoSky features include:

  • All stars brighter than magnitude 4.0 clearly visible in a graphic rendering of the sky. Dimmer stars needed to complete the constellation figures are also included.
  • Over 100 common star names, including all the standard navigational stars.
  • Accurate calculations of the positions of the planets, Sun and the Moon for your location.
  • An accurate representation of the current phase of the Moon.
  • An accurate representation of the positions of the Galilean Moons of Jupiter.
  • Zoom in for more detail or zoom out for an all sky view.
  • An intuitive way to determine what is in your sky currently, regardless of the size of your cell phone's screen.
  • Wireless network access not required! If you're lucky enough to find yourself at a very remote dark sky site, all of picoSky features will still work. picoSky has completely self contained databases and harnesses the computational power of your cell phone to create a graphical representation of the sky.
  • Geometric figures and names for all 88 constellations.
  • Over 250 of the brightest and most popular deep sky objects, with each type (globular cluster, open cluster, galaxy, nebula, planetary nebula, and asterism) easily identifiable. If available its common name is also included.
  • Search for and find any star, constellation or deep sky object in picoSky's databases and obtain detailed information for that object. A quickly accessible menu also gives you detailed information about the Sun, Moon and each planet. For example:
    • Distance from the Earth and Sun for the planets, Moon, and Sun
    • Light Time from the planets to the Earth, and from the Sun to each planet
    • Rise, Transit, and Set times
    • Right Ascension and Declination coordinates
    • Altitude and Azimuth coordinates
    • Visual Magnitude for each planet
    • The ability to view the object if above the horizon
  • View what will be or what was in the sky for any given date and time within thirty years from the present.
  • Access to a database containing latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates for every telephone area code in the U.S. for simple location selection. Or for more precision, enter your exact location in degrees, minutes and seconds of latitude and longitude.


Download and read the picoSky User's Manual for a detailed description of every feature within picoSky.

        picoSky User's Manual (377KB)


In order to run picoSky you will need one of the following cell phones:
  • NokiaTM 3300, 3510i, 3520, 3530, 3560, 3595, 3650, 5100, 6100, 6200, 6220, 6610, 6650, 6800, 6820, 7210, 7250, 7650, 8910i, N-GageTM
  • MotorolaTM T720, T720i, T721, T722i
  • SamsungTM SGH-X426, SGH-E715
  • SiemensTM S56
  • Sony EricssonTM T610, T616, T618, T630

If your cell phone is not listed above, try installing the Trial Version of picoSky. The Trial Version is a full featured version of picoSky that allows 5 trial runs. If you enjoy the way the picoSky Trial Version runs on your phone, you will enjoy the Full version. picoSky was designed to be cell phone independent, so it should run on any color, grayscale or black and white J2METM compatible cell phone that accepts applications of at least 64K bytes in size, with a minimum of 150K bytes of heap space.

picoSkyTM EULA:

Read the picoSky End User License Agreement

Two ways to try picoSkyTM:

Visit http://www.bubbasbits.com/wap/ with your cell phone to download the FREE Trial Version.

Send a FREE picoSky Trial Version to your phone!

picoSky, the Bubba's Bits logo and "A Lot of Sky in a Little Space" are trademarks of Bubba's Bits, Inc.
False color Voyager 2 Neptune image used within the picoSky logo courtesy of NASA/JPL/Caltech.
Java and J2ME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. or other countries.
Motorola is a trademark of Motorola, Inc.
Nokia and N-Gage are registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.
Samsung is a registered trademark of Samsung, Inc.
Siemens is a registered trademark of Siemens AG.
Sony Ericsson is a trademark of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB.
Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks or trade names of their respective owners.

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