Featuring more than 35 planets, moons, asteroids and space probes that have visited them, you’ll have a chance to see a different side of our little piece of the galaxy!
The places you’ll visit:
The Sun, otherwise known as Sol
Earth and the Moon, also known as Luna
Mars and its tiny moons Deimos and Phobos
Asteroids Ceres and Vesta
Jupiter and its moons Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io
Saturn and the moons Mimas, Tethys, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Titan and Iapetus
Uranus and its moons Miranda, Umbriel, Ariel, Oberon, Titania
Neptune, the moons Triton and Proteus
The former planet Pluto and its moon Charon
And you’ll have a chance to catch up with NASA’s Voyager probe on it’s lonely journey into the cosmos
There are facts about each of the places you will visit in the solar system. All of it is available at the touch of a button, thanks to the easy to use and friendly user interface.
Statistics, information and other planet data can presented relative to what you are familiar with on Earth. The solar system is vast and it’s easier to grasp facts such as planet Jupiter’s mass being equal to about 317 Earths.
Orbital positions and planetary motion in this solar system simulator use a compressed scale, which makes it easier to fit the solar system map onto a screen. The distance between the Sun and gas giant planets is huge. Shrinking the planet orbits diagram to fit your screen, without compressing it, would make the inner planets so tiny and so close to the Sun that they would be invisible.
Only the Voyager and Pioneer probes have visited the gas giants of the outer solar system, planet Neptune and planet Uranus. The moons of these worlds are “tidally-locked” like our Moon. Telescopes and passing NASA spacecraft have only taken photos of the sides of theses moon that face away from the planet, just as we cannot photograph the “dark side” of Luna from Earth. Because the hidden side has not been visible to space agency spacecraft, it has been estimated from geographic features that are visible.
While there may only be eight planets in our solar system now, Pluto is still included for your viewing pleasure.
This free lite edition features standard textures for tablets or phones. For the ultimate experience, try the full version of Solar System Explorer, which includes HD textures additional special effects, more NASA spacecraft to learn about, and loads more information.
Solar Explorer Lite feature summary:
Ideal educational introduction to the solar system for kids
Virtual 3D solar system model with a planet orbit diagram and solar system orbit simulator
See the smallest and largest solar system objects including planets, moons and asteroids
Interesting moon and planet fact discovery, such as planet weights (mass)
Learn the solar system, moon and planet systems
High quality 3D solar system graphics
The planet surface simulation constructed from real photos taken by telescopes or NASA spacecraft
An awesome soundtrack to accompany you on your journey
Solar System Explorer: the handy solar system chart in your pocket. Take a solar walk today!
Solar System Explorer user reviews :
Nice app Good app, although a bit outdated. For example, it doesn’t show all moons around pluto, or information about comets. Anyway, it is overall an interesting app.
Not good at well, but excellent I have a problem. Pluto is not a planet now. In 2006, someone placed Pluto into a dwarf planet group despite some people still recognize Pluto as a planet.
Great! Best solar system app in the play store! You should add some galaxy or something… 😀
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