Track Saturday's lunar eclipse with free Android app

Saturday morning will see the last lunar eclipse for two years. The makers of SkySafari have released a free beta version of their iOS app just in time for you to watch the moon disappear.

If you're the type of person who plans to stay up late to watch tonight's total lunar eclipse, you might also want to be one of the first people to try the beta version of a new Android app.

Known as SkySafari, the app has been available for iOS devices for a while. But now, just in time for tonight's lunar eclipse, the app is being released into a free beta for Android.

"SkySafari is the only mobile astronomy app which can correctly reproduce this December's total lunar eclipse, or any other," an announcement for the new app reads. "SkySafari's Plus and Pro versions have the largest database of any mobile astronomy app, and are the only ones which can control backyard telescopes."

Those wanting to use the app during the beta period--which will end on December 31, must have Android OS version 2.2 or later. Those wishing to use SkySafari on iOS devices will have to pay for it, however.

For more information on the eclipse, see my colleague Anne Dujmovic's item from earlier today.

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