Explore a 3D globe of the Moon
Moon Atlas is an astronomy application that lets you use pinch and finger gestures to manipulate a 3D globe of the Moon. This is a rendered sphere and not a static map image. As you zoom in more labels appear as finer detail comes into view. You can double tap on the labels to get more information about a particular feature.
Moon Atlas displays the phase and libration of the Moon from your chosen location and renders these on the globe. You can switch to a 'Globe' mode that allows you to spin the Moon around to see far side features. The feature database is searchable and can move the globe to a searched feature. The phase can be switched off and the far side is shown in a slightly darker shade of grey.
Date, time and location can be changed. There is also a realtime mode that will update to the current time.
The Moon globe can be shown with north or south at the top or inverted to suit different telescope views.
Over 1800 named features are included as well as 26 spacecraft that reached the surface of the Moon.
In addition, information about the current Moon phase and libration are provided. You can swipe left and right on the phase view to go backwards and forwards a day and on the libration chart to go backwards and forwards a month.
Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn atlases are also available on the App Store!
Also there is Planisphere, a star charting app, available on the App Store!
If you fancy trying to land on the Moon, try Apollo Eagle, a simulation of the last 50,000 feet of the Apollo 11 landing.
Fixed minor layout issues for 2018 iPad Pros.
Ratings and Reviews
The perfect moon app. Brilliant and a bargain for three pounds fifty. Try and imagine an app like this just a few years ago, it was a laptop! Its 3d rendering of the moon is smooth, lots of detail and descriptions of craters, landing sites etc. One small niggle when you reach maximum zoom the map scrolls instead of staying fixed. To sum up if you are interested in the moon get this app, more fun than moon map pro.
Update, the developer has answered promptly with my questions and has released Mars Atlas which is just as good. The app has proven to be very stable and has never crashed.
Great moon atlas! :)
Downloaded this today, and tonight it has come in so handy already finding out the names of the features on the moon. Like the way when you pinch to zoom in you get more information of some of the finer details on view. Great app, great value and great to use! Recommended! :)
By far the best moon programme for the iPhone. Superb map detail thanks to USGS images. Well worth 5 stars although a few minor tweaks would make it perfect. Provide a double tap to zoom the map back to the default size. And stop the annoying drift into deep space when at full zoom!!!!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.