Have you ever heard or seen a plane overhead but couldn’t quite make out the livery? There is an easy way for iPhone owners to find out exactly which flight is above you… just ask Siri.
The prompt “Ask Wolfram what flights are overhead” should pull up the data seen in the screen grabs below.
As you can see, the information from Wolfram includes the:
- flight number
- angle from the horizon
- plane type
You can also access this information in the Wolfram Alpha Viewer app. The Wolfram app will also include a sky map showing you where to locate the planes.
This isn’t revolutionary. But, it’s sort of fun to be able to identify plane types, airlines, etc.
My kids like to ask where the plane is coming from or flying to. Since the search provides the flight number, it’s very easy to pull that up. In fact, you can ask Siri to do a web search for the flight information.
It appears there is a Wolfram Alpha app for Android. So, I’m sure there is a way to do this if you don’t have an iPhone. As an Apple geek, I just don’t have any experience with it. Perhaps an Android loyalist can explain how to do a similar search in the comments.