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SkyORB 3D is a 3D planetarium, including star-gazing and epheremis, based from V3X.net engine. It features a modern 3D interface, search engine, a large catalog of stars, planets, moons and updatable comets and asteroids database, and lets you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth or from any planet from the solar system.

What's New

Version 4.9.1:
  • Address issue with OS X 10.8 and __sincosf_stret link error.
  • Improved accuracy of rise and set time.
  • Calendar now report moon ascending and descending node days.
  • Improved OpenGL performance for latest version of OSX.


  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Beto-Boton Member IconReview+62

epheremis ? You mean ephemeris?

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Version 4.9.1
Rogueb Member IconReview+1

Major problems, such as outright crashes, failure to display "local view." "Old" search results, which display data about a star or planet etc., persist on display even after application is restarted, obscuring the star field. Zodiac signs creating same obstructive "haze."

I have communicated this to developers and was assured those problems would be resolved in November release. However, the newest (paid version) has exactly the same problems, and is more unstable. Too bad, this was a promising application from an Astronomy entertainment point of view.

This review holds for both the iPhone version of the application, as well as, the desktop / laptop variants.

iPhone4 iOS 7.0.4
iMac 2013 running 10.9
MacBook Pro 2009 OS 10.9

All devices deemed by the developers to be compatible with latest Skyorb release.

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Version 4.6.1
Vagator Member IconComment+46

Thanks for the link Negritude-as you say the application is certainly free.

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Version 4.2.7
Jazzyguy Member IconComment+3659

Thank You Negritude for the tip! SkyOrb Free is a great app!

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Version 4.2.7
Negritude Member IconComment+1081

There is now a free lite version of the app:


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Version 4.1.1
Michaelthegeek Member IconComment+36

Great App!!

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Version 4.0.7
Fairytale Member IconComment+15

@ Harristype - Oh really? Well, if this is the case, maybe you can provide an official downloadlink for this "free" app?

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Version 3.0.0

The app is not free. It's $2.99. And apparently you have bowed to the Apple-god, because you are on MacUpdate, so obviously you are using a Mac. Otherwise, why would you be here? Unless you are trolling.

Fairytale Member IconComment+15

Sadly another free Software that nobody can download unless you bow and pray to the Apple-god. It's a very bad idea to force the users through this policy to search and download from filesharingsites. :-(

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Version 3.0.0

Nobody is forcing anyone to resort to software piracy.


Since SkyORB is now commercial it is understandable they use the AppStore. But all free software that goes AppStore-only is dead for me. I don't want to use Apples closed system and I want no install over the internet without getting an installer file for backup and re-distribution purposes among my fellow students.

Alamak Member IconComment+123

Tastes are different. To me, this interface is HORRIBLE (ever heared of the Apple Human Interface Guidelines?) and the application completely useless for me as a hobby astronomer.

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Version 2.0.5
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3659

Negritude: Thanks for the PPC version for 10.5!!! Now for the review. This app is great! It is easy to use and the GUI is great! Great Freeware!

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Version 2.0.2
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Version 4.2.7
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Current Version (4.x)


Downloads 24,893
Version Downloads 28
License Demo
Date 19 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $2.99