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3D Sun

By Dr. Tony Phillips, LLC

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A major solar flare erupts on the sun. Before long, your phone chirps in your pocket to let you know! Pulling out your phone, you see a 3D view of the sun — a digital reconstruction of satellite images freshly downloaded from NASA's "STEREO" satellites, orbiting millions of miles away.

You rotate the sun with your finger to view it from any angle. You pinch in and out to zoom in for a closer look at the sun's ever-changing surface.

Now *this* is living in the 21st Century! :-)

"3D Sun" lets you carry a virtual window onto today's sun, right in your pocket. Open this app anytime to see what's happening today on the sun's ever-changing surface. See when major solar flares erupt on the sun's surface. Track sunspots that reveal the churning activity inside the sun's fiery inferno.

News alerts — provided by a Ph.D. trained astrophysicist — inform you of important solar events. Optional push notifications will alert you of the most important events even when "3D Sun" is not running.

Great for aurora watchers who want to be notified of when they should look up!

Along with the 3D view of the sun, this app is frequently updated with movies and image galleries of solar events, such as massive explosions on the sun and the beautiful auroras, or "northern lights," that those explosions can trigger.

Developed in collaboration with NASA scientists.

NASA's STEREO mission is a pair of satellites orbiting on nearly opposite sides of the sun. Together, these two satellites provide an unprecedented wrap-around view of most of the sun's surface each day. "3D Sun" provides the first-ever 3D display of STEREO's images, right on your iPhone.

What's New in Version 4.2

Minor bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Proud of this App

So glad there are apps out there that address things going on in the solar system and cosmos. This is a great app for not only getting news about our sun and possible auroras but, also for learning about solar flare classifications and the technical aspects of observing the sun.

I don't seem to be getting as many push notifications for m class flares as I used to. Would be good if this was addressed or explained.

Regardless, this is a truly stellar app and there should be more like it. I hope the creators and moderators of this app keep it fresh and alive indefinitely.

Also, grateful for SDO :)

it's 2013: add iphone5 support, please!!

Who knew I'd enjoy receiving notifications of coronal mass ejections?!? The folks at NASA did! I love this app but yearn for the day it will take advantage of blank screen real-estate. Also, videos in the SDO gallery should be updated; I mean, how many times can I watch sun's magnetic eruptions from 2010?? I know budget cuts are taking their toll but this is awesome PR for the space agency. Keep it up NASA!

Updates have resumed

Updates to the news feed are active again following a brief pause for programming improvements. If you're looking for the animated 3D Sun, search the app store for "Interplanetary 3D Sun." It works best on high-end hardware like iPad2 and iPhone4. Thanks for your patience! -Dr Tony Phillips

3D Sun
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2012
  • Version: 4.2
  • Size: 5.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Dr. Tony Phillips, LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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