Explore a 3D globe of the Moon
Moon Atlas is an astronomy application that lets you use the mouse or 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.
Minor lunar feature changes.
Ratings and Reviews
Very informative app
For those,like myself, who are keen on learning more about the moon, rather than just observing it, this is a great app. It helps you learn the names of all the areas,
craters etc that you’re looking at.
One of the things I particularly love about observing the moon is that at one point either in the past or future, I could be observing an area that astronauts may have walked on, (or will be walking on)
and I wouldn’t know because without an app like this, I wouldn’t know the name of the area the astronauts are actually on. The News from NASA would tell me where the team is, which area, but I’d just be looking at the globe having no idea which part they are actually in. Getting to know the names of the craters, dips, large mounds etc can prove very helpful and useful. It’ll be the same when the teams start landing on and exploring other planets like Mars or pluto (whether pluto is or isn’t a moon/planet)
Nothing you can’t get on a dozen websites.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.