Solar Walk – 3D Solar System Model is a beautiful and hugely impressive iPad (and iPhone)app. If you have any interest at all in astronomy, or have kids who do, or just like gorgeous apps, you have to give this one a look.
I’ll do a review of it at some point when my daughter and I have had a chance to spend more time with it, but I just had to give it a quick mention, because it is just so impressive.
Here’s some detail on the app from its App Store page:
Let’s find out more about our neighboring planets in the Universe, play around with them determining the speed of circulation, time, choosing a particular planet to become the center of the Universe, seeing the moons of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Uranus. The 3D model in the Solar Walk app is the exact reproduction of the real solar system.
Solar Walk stands out among other astronomy apps having a very beautiful and smooth graphics and animations. The Earth as well as other planets look so realistic that you can even see the clouds together with the relief of mountains, lakes, oceans.
Benefit greatly from using Solar Walk for interactive learning and getting closer to the universe!
Solar Walk features:
3D SOLAR SYSTEM: play with the 3D model by moving around the Solar System. Zoom in, zoom out, investigate it from different angles. You can observe not only the current position of planets in our solar system but also learn their position at a definite period of time in the past or in the future! For this use Time Machine feature.
FLY to the PLANET: having chosen a planet from a far, tap an image of a "rocket" to fly straight to the planet. Enjoy a beautiful and realistic image of a planet!
READ INFO about the planet: by tapping the "i" button you learn general info about the planet, its name, its mass, radius, distance to the sun, internal structure with the picture and science missions.
TIME MACHINE: click on the clock icon and date and time will be displayed. Slide your finger on the scale and the sky will start moving accordingly. Touch year, month and time and change them depending on what you want to see, the display will adapt accordingly to show you how planets were aligned at that time.
MOONS of DIFFERENT PLANETS: select a planet like Earth, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars or Urano and observe how many moons they have and their track around the planet. Select one of the moons and learn.
Just a lovely app.
You can find Solar Walk in the App Store now, and it is a universal app (runs on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) priced at $2.99.