For caregivers and their senior clients looking for a new hobby to break up their daily routine, getting outside and viewing the night sky offers a way to connect with nature without needing to leave your porch. As the days get shorter and we prepare to fall back for daylight saving time, the evenings of darkness provide excellent opportunities to stargaze using the Night Sky app.
The Night Sky app initially presents a user guide to show users the multiple functions of the app, including identifying which constellations users see at a given time and making recommendations for the best time of day to watch the sky. The app uses the camera on a user's phone and location services to set up the night sky view on the homepage.
As caregivers point their phone towards the area of sky they're looking at and tilt it around, the app shows the constellations on the screen in beautifully illustrations. The constellations in the sky don't actually portray a detailed illustration of a man though, so when users select a constellation and tap it on the homepage, it pulls up a page with more information on the constellation.
The individual constellation pages provide a myriad of details, such as the official name, the symbolism and the visibility, as well as information on the stars that make up the constellation and its place in mythology. Senior caregivers and their clients could take fifteen minutes and learn about one new constellation a day as a way to shake up their regular routine.
Even if users live in an urban area with light pollution or attempt to look outside on a cloudy night, they will still be able to use the app to find where the stars lie in the sky despite not being able to see them in person. The Stargazing Weather section of the app gives an hourly stargazing conditions rating to help caregivers decide when it's best to step outside and see the stars.
Despite a handful of requests to rate the app or advertisements to buy accompanying products such as a telescope, the Night Sky app provides comprehensive information and functionality for being a free app. The Night Sky Lite app is available for Apple and Android platforms.
Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.