Pocket Planets : With accurate scale representation of the Sun, Planets, Moons, Asteroids, Dwarfs and detailed information to the celestial objects.
Regardless if you are a beginner or advanced astronomer, this App brings you closer to the planets than any telescope.
★ the Sun, the bright shining star in the center of our Solar System
★ Mercury, the fastest planet orbiting around our Sun
★ Venus, its greenhouse effect produces a surface temperature that would melt lead
★ Earth, the blue oasis and only place filled with life
★ Mars, inspiration for many SciFi films and books
★ Jupiter, the giant, guardian and protector in our neighborhood
★ Saturn, with rings of unique beauty and elegance
★ Uranus, which rolls over its orbit like a bowling ball
★ Neptune, the outermost recognized planet
★ Pluto, one of a new category of dwarf planets
But these are not all objects of this simulator, because so far you do not know Orcus, Varuna, Ceres, Pallas, Haumea and all the other asteroids and dwarf planets. Not to mention Sedna whose orbit is still speculative to science.
Nearly 200 objects are included, but not as static images, rather as living objects in a living universe. Enjoy the Solar System in realtime, in the future or past.
Bring the cosmos to life with an innovative timeslider. Let time take its course, how fast depends on the scale factor of the timeslider. A wipe with your finger and the simulator comes to life.
For a more exiting viewing experience various camera modes are available. Attach the camera to a planet or place it at a fixed location in space and let the celestial bodies pass by, in portrait or landscape mode, whatever you prefer.
And that’s still not all. A built in encyclopedia gives you useful information about each object of the simulation, extracted from Wikipedia.
Don’t miss this unique viewing experience, there is no easier way to explore the wonderful world beyond our planet.
And if you ever feel “Lost in Space”, don’t worry, because it’s just a simulation.
★ Super smooth UI
★ Nearly 200 simulation objects
★ Simulation of real celestial body distances and dimensions
★ Adjustable simulator time with an innovative timeslider
★ Flexible camera system for a unique viewing experience
★ Portrait and landscape mode
★ Many HD textures, some of original recordings (NASA Voyager, Cassini spacecraft)
★ Many preference options
★ Ephemeris data based on NASA Horizons system
★ Orbit calculations with modified Kepler algorithms
★ Encyclopedia function, the most important information from Wikipedia
Limitations of this free edition:
★ The encyclopedia info for celestial bodies is not available
★ Only the following objects are shown with real shapes and textures, all others are shown as $ objects:
– Sun, Mercury, Earth, Moon, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
– Mars moons Phobos and Deimos
– Jupiter moons Europa
– Saturn moon Thethys and its followers in Lagrange points L4 (Telesto) and L5 (Calypso)
– Uranus moon Umbriel
– Neptun moon Proteus
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If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to contact me via email because this is the only way I can help you, thank you.
Pocket Planets user reviews:
There sure is a lot of money floating around our solar system :-) Cool app with decent visuals, just doesn’t do much.
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
Nice, but most of the objects are all dollar signs(except the additional ones)in mine. :(
Excellent graphics, cool navigation from planet to moon to asteroid. It’s like touring the solar system in your own spaceship. Unfortunately, in this free version, the majority of satellites and dwarf planets display as $ symbols and the encyclopedia data is very limited. I’ll be only too glad to pay a couple of pounds for the full edition when it’s ready!
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