By Julian James
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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.
What's New in Version 2.2.2
Fixed lettered crater labels appearing on opposite side of the Moon.
Corrected location of crater W. Bond.
Corrected spelling of Rima Ariadaeus.
Missing important feature
This is a good app for what it does, but for astronomers it’s missing a very important feature: There is no way to set the calendar for a specific date and time and read what the current day is in 10ths of a day, e.g., 9.2 days old. It would also be helpful to know the longitude of the terminator.
Nice but not great
Interesting features and detailed information about the moon.
Some missing items though. The moon is not shown in its real position, turning clockwise during at the sky.
It would also be nice to include eclipse effects on the moon.
Otherwise nice program in addition to a planetarium.
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- Category: Reference
- Updated: Aug 28, 2015
- Version: 2.2.2
- Size: 77.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Julian James
- © 2014 Julian James
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.