App Store’s iPad App of the Week: Solar System for iPad

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Solar System for iPad

This week’s iPad App of the Week in the App Store is Solar System for iPad. It’s an eBook about the solar system by a best-selling author, Marcus Chown, who is a cosmology consultant to New Scientist magazine and the author of numerous books including The Quantum Zoo (known internationally as Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You).

Here’s more information on the app, via its App Store description:

A breakthrough electronic book about the Solar System, offering hours of interactive exploration and presenting a treasure trove of visual information.


Best-selling author Marcus Chown leads us on a grand tour through the incredible diversity of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft that surround the Sun in our cosmic backyard. Illuminating his insightful and surprising text are a wealth of beautiful 3D objects, movies, images, animations, and diagrams, all fully interactive, richly detailed and accurately based on real scientific data. Set the heavens in motion in an interactive orrery that allows you to control the orbits of the moons and planets, observing them from any viewpoint with breath-taking surface detail. View the latest imagery returned by both astronauts and robot spacecraft, beautifully presented on the iPad screen.

Solar System for iPad includes:
– a stunning specially-composed launch track from Björk never before released
– more than 150 beautifully presented story pages lavishly illustrated with interactive scenes, videos and 3D objects
– over 40 fully-rotatable and pinch-zoomable 3D objects including the Sun, all its planets and their major moons
– over 600 painstakingly selected images representing the very best of images returned by NASA, ESA and JAXA space missions
– detailed captions for every image and object including technical data
– live data from Wolfram | Alpha (internet connection required) providing comprehensive astronomical information

This app looks really good to me. It’s one I may well check out with my daughter soon.

You can find Solar System for iPad in the App Store now, priced at $13.99.


Patrick Jordan

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