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Kepler Explorer

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Thanks for the feedback! Version 1.1 will be submitted to Apple soon with the following:
- Fixed bugs with update feature
- Fixed incorrect temperature for Kepler Candidtates
- Fixed freezing while updating systems
- Color of orbit now determined by planet temperature
- Two new binary systems

With even more features to come in version 1.2!
- Improved UI responsiveness
- Improved UI for iPhones that works better on a small screen
- Retina Display support
- Game Center support
- And many more features!

Kepler Explorer is an exciting new application for the iPad and iPhone, allowing anyone to gain a better understanding of the faraway planetary systems found by NASA's Kepler Mission.

- Explore an ever-expanding list of
thousands of far-away planetary systems

- Discover the potential compositions of
planets using the same formulas used by
astrophysicists, presented in a way
anyone can use!

- Compare and contrast these far-away
systems with our own solar system!

- View the relative scales of each planet
to its parent star.

- Speed up and slow down the rate of time
and pinch to zoom in and out while
interacting with the orbits of each

OpenLab is a new research initiative at the University of California, Santa Cruz, that aims to strengthen collaboration between the arts and sciences. This application was a collaboration of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The Digital Arts and New Media Program, OpenLab Research, game developer John Peters, and astrophysicist Jonathan Fortney.

What's New in Version 1.1

- Fixed bugs with update feature
- Fixed incorrect temperature for Kepler Candidtates
- Minor UI adjustments
- Fixed freezing while updating systems
- Color of orbit now determined by planet temperature
- Two new binary systems

*Coming Soon* improved iPhone support with larger and easier to use UI


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Customer Reviews

Much easier to see orbits / size relationship

This app shows great promise because it is purely visual. The layout makes sense and I'm sure their focus on the "engine" of the app was the right choice. The developers can now add add'l feature and data for each exoplanet and its parent star. I'm excited to see more of what this app can do. And you can't really beat the price!

App could be good, but tiny font is impossible to read!

On an iPhone, the main controls and choices are next to impossible to read. It's not just because you all used one of the world's tiniest font sizes, but because the text is colored in a very light pastel blue against a grey-blue background!

Not sure what those say--I think I read 1 or 2, etc. planet systems, but it's unclear. Tap in the wrong place and all of a sudden the screen goes crazy-- it must be an orbital time control, but who knows?

Oh, and the forced landscape mode is a drag-- let us choose how to display and when!!

Please fix the app, guys and gals--I want astrophysics, digital arts, & comp sci students to succeed! And, it would be fun to have an alternative take on the Kepler findings!

I'm glad this is free.

This app doesn't really have much going for it. It seems to do the same thing the Exoplanet app does, only Exoplanet does it better. What exactly is the point of this app? There aren't many features at all and the features it DOES have are executed poorly. Small buttons and a generally atrocious interface coupled with the fact that there already exists a far superior app(Exoplanet) keeps this app from being worth anyones while.

Kepler Explorer
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 5.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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