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The night sky in your palm
Stars is a light application that displays the 88 constellations in the sky. Just touch the screen and see the universe moving around you.
The green line is the celestial equator, it is the projetion of the earth equator.
The red line is the ecliptic or the path of the sun. On the line is located the 12 constellations of the zodiac.
This application is standalone, it does not use any network resource.
What's New in Version 1.7
Simple little app that does what it sets out to do...
Sometimes the best apps are those that set themselves one specific task and do it well-- quickly and intuitively.
Stars New is like that, much as its predecessor, Stars, was. It is designed to show you the stars and constellations, with the brightest stars' names on one large map.
However, several confusing and inelegant things have crept in. For one thing, it is confusing ending up with two apps with the same icon and name on our iPad!
Plus, it is even more confusing when there is no info explaining what the difference is between them and nothing within the app to indicate which version it is!
The new app -- Stars New -- adds one intriguing feature -- a way of turning off all labels and constellation lines.
Tip: if you double tap the display, the main stars are named. Double-tap it again and, in Stars New, the names and the lines vanish. That lets one try their hand (eye) at pattern recognition. (Could make a good game out of it, in fact.)
However, the intuitive interface breaks down at that point. Double tap the display again and nothing happens! You have to tap a button in the upper right corner that has changed its name to QUIT. That's ridiculously counter-intuitive. It should simply be another double tap to return to the original stars and constellations display!
The loss of the 2nd star in the rating comes from that button itself-- there shouldn't be one in such a prominent place. Normally, it says INFO, but it's simply a plug for another of the developer's apps. This is done much more elegantly in the original Stars, with a small, discrete button in the lower right, which leads to a display of icons for several of the developer's apps.
The full loss of the 2nd rating star comes from the lack of an option to turn off the ever-changing RA and Dec indicators and the center crosshairs.
Finally, a suggestion. Add an option to show the Messier objects and the RASC's 100 Best NGC objects. Again, the control could be displayed via a double to or a simple icon in the lower left.
The app could remain simple, but would provide an informative, quick display of the stars, constellations, and main DSOs.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Sep 09, 2016
- Version: 1.7
- Size: 0.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: jean yves Tremel
- © tremsdev
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.