By Fifth Star Labs LLC
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Cosmographia is a Solar System simulation that combines beautiful 3D graphics with real data for the positions and appearances of planets, moons, dwarf planets, asteroids and spacecraft. Navigate freely throughout the Solar System and adjust the time to observe past, current, and future events.
The incredible graphics are a great showcase for a new computer, with dynamic shadows and reflections, realistic planetary atmospheres and beautifully rendered star fields.
* Cosmographia makes intensive use of the graphics processing unit, and the current version of the app does not support older computers with Intel GMA 950 graphics processors.
With Cosmographia, you can:
- See high resolution maps for all planets and moons that have been visited by NASA and ESA spacecraft.
- Follow the Cassini mission to Saturn as it cruises low over the surfaces of icy moons. Or, ride along with the Dawn mission to the giant asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
- View eclipses on Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, and other worlds.
- Fly along with Earth-orbiting satellites. Find out when the International Space Station, Hubble, and others will be over your home town.
- Watch volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io.
- Zoom in on an extremely high resolution map of the Earth, with individual roads and buildings visible. Switch between different maps for each month and see changes in snow cover and vegetation.
- See all 500,000+ known asteroids orbit the Sun.
- Watch aurora borealis flickering above the Arctic Circle.
- Capture images and record Quicktime movies of everything on screen.
- Follow near-Earth asteroid 2011 MD through its close approach in June 2011.
- Supports an anaglyph stereo mode that works with red/blue 3D glasses.
Cosmographia includes short articles about over 50 Solar System bodies. Each description contains links to live viewpoints, so you can quickly check out interesting objects and events in the Solar System.
What's New in Version 1.4.0
New Solar System gallery screen for quickly navigating to planets, moons and asteroids
Planetary atlas: labels for surface features of planets and moons
Detailed 3D model of the asteroid Vesta
Trajectory and information about the newly discovered near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14
Added switch to select between metric and Imperial/US units
New distance measuring tool: choose any two objects and display the distance between them and their relative speed
An informative and beautiful app.
This is a very beautiful app equally good for children, space enthusiasts and other people who just want some general knowledge. At a price of $1.99, its nothing.
Good, could use some updates
I paid a lot more than $2.00 for this app this was several months back though, and I think it is mostly great. It needs updates though. First off, some of the planetary textures are poor. Really low resolution. Mars is a perfect example of this. Try zooming in and you will see dissapointingly low amounts of detail.
Second, where are the popular current missions? I can go to the Nasa Eyes On The Solar System website and see positions of active space missions, plus some gorgeous models. Last night Curiosity landed on Mars, but using Cosmographia, you would never know this mission existed, on a free website I can see the heatshield detach and watch the 'skycrane' lower it to the ground. Maybe not a fair comparison, but it would be nice if Cosmographia included some of these missions.
All planets, all of a sudden, have poor texture. Earth for example used to have very good texture but now when i zoom even little bit in, it get pixelated. I think after I updated my macbook, something went wrong. I tried it on my iMac aswell and same thing happened. The texture is broken on newer macs and OSX, please fix.