By Dr. Tony Phillips, LLC
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Be a part of NASA meteor research with Meteor Counter!
When you go out to watch a meteor shower, bring your iPhone with you. With Meteor Counter, you can easily capture meteor observations with an innovative "piano key" interface. As you tap the keys, Meteor Counter records critical data for each meteor: time, magnitude, latitude, and longitude, along with optional verbal annotations.
Afterward, these data are automatically uploaded to NASA researchers for analysis.
Meteor Counter also provides a news feed and event calendar, which are updated by professional scientists to keep you informed of the latest meteor happenings and upcoming showers.
It's everything a meteor hound needs to get informed and get involved!
What's New in Version 1.5
Meteor brightness now saved properly for novice users
This made meteor watching even more fun
I realized after using it that I would benefit from changing some settings on my phone, so that it slept after 5 minutes instead of one and to set the brightness to the absolute minimum. Once that was done, it was unobtrusive to use and my daughter and I had a lot of fun rating our observations and logging them. I'd love to get a record of our observations and to see how the data crunched out for other users that night.
Good start, needs some work
I used the app this morning during the Quadrantids and found the apps lacking in a couple areas.
First, there needs to be a way to review and edit the data entered before sending.
Second, the user should be given the opportunity to NOT send the data. When I was initially checking out the app, as soon as I "finished" it the data (all bogus) is sent. I suspect this happens quite a bit because of user testing.
Third, the magnitude bars a too small to accurately strike when using gloves. Maybe a screen scroll between 2-3 screens to allow for bigger magnitude bars.
Great app but...
I like this app because of its simplicity, and it is fun to feel like I am contributing to science. However, I would love to see the following features: 1. A way to undo or edit my observations. I accidentally hit the screen two times last night. 2. A way to see my data after I submit. I would like to be able to track my own observations for my own records. 3. A tutorial on magnitudes, like an infographic or something that can be pulled up at any time.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Dec 15, 2011
- Version: 1.5
- Size: 1.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Dr. Tony Phillips, LLC
- © 2011 Dr. Tony Phillips, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.