Exoplanet Explorer

Exoplanet Explorer

1,000 - 5,000 downloads

Pros
  • Great interface
  • Great scientific app
Cons
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"I feel like working at SETI, now"

Reviewed by / Mar 26, 2012

A comprehensive interactive encyclopedia of planets.

Those of you who follow us since the very beginning of AndroidZoom will already know that here at AZ HQ are absolutely fans of spacial race or, indeed, of astronomical stuff. Maybe you even remember our first Youtube commercial, if not this is a good moment to enjoy it for first time.

Exoplanet lists every known planet and presents them in a gorgeous and interactive 3D interface. Every little detail has been treated with care, even the chill out music is awesome. Interface, though it may seem too packed with too little icons, but it's really great and allows to reach every single option through one or two taps at most. The amount of data is of a disarming breadth, even when there's a search bar and you can filter it.

An app almost made to measure for amateur -and not so amateur- astronomers and space lovers, sci-fi writers looking for "realistic" places or muses and anybody else with a minimum of curiosity or interested in what lies beyond. Let yourself awe and fantasize with Exoplanet Explorer. This paid version features HD graphics and it's specially suited for large screens and tablets. It also comes with more stats, regular updates and, of course, with no ads.

In addition, don't forget to check out Solar Explorer if you prefer to focus on this nearer Solar System. Anyway, both apps are compatible, so you can have installed both of them at once.

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Developer's original description available here
Exoplanet Explorer takes you on a journey into deep space, beyond the limits of our Solar System. Based on the latest available data, you'll explore virtual models of more than 700 known planets and the star systems that they inhabit.

The full version of Exoplanet Explorer 2 introduces a feature that will automatically download the latest planetary discoveries, keeping you up to date. For the first time it also includes models of some of the binary star systems that are known to have planets, giving you a much better idea of the variety of different worlds in our Galaxy.

The data is sourced from The Planetary Habitability Laboratory, SIMBAD, and scientific papers, and if it's not available from one of these sources, then wherever possible it will be calculated or estimated, giving you access to one of the most complete exoplanet databases.

In addition to an intuitive interface which allows touch driven navigation through our Galaxy, Exoplanet Explorer also offers a comprehensive search tool which will let you find the planets and systems that you are interested in. This includes the ability to both search and sort by planet name, the number of planets in a system or even then number of stars in a system, to name just a few.

Statistics are provided to summarise the information in the database and give you a global perspective.

Planets have been divided up into 6 classes, and further subdivides into 3 temperature classes. This information has then been used to create models which are then assembled into working solar systems to give you an idea of what they might look like if we could travel there today.

Planet are divided into the following mass classes:

* Mercurian - rocky worlds that have the approximate mass of Mercury
* Sub-terran - rocky planets with a mass similar to Mars
* Terran - rocky worlds with similar mass to Earth
* Super-terran - rocky worlds with a higher mass than Earth
* Neptunian - gas giants similar to Neptune
* Jovian - gas giants as massive or more massive than Jupiter

The planets are further divided into the following temperature classes:
* Hot - planets that are too hot to support liquid water
* Warm - planets in the star's habitable zone where liquid water could exist
* Cold - planets beyond the habitable zone where water would only exist as ice

* Please report problems at apps.burlock.org or email at apps@burlock.org. I can't help you here because Google won't let developers contact users who make comments.

* This app supports ICS, but custom ROMs are not supported. If you install a non-standard ROM and have a problem, then contact the ROM developer and report the bug so they can fix it.

Recently changed in this version

V2.4.2
Updated SSL
Updated planet DB

V2.4.1
Built in database updated to include all planets
** Important **
Please uninstall V2.3.8 and reinstall this version otherwise the currently installed database will not be replaced and the app will continue to try to download updated data

V2.3.8
Search button for more planet info
Updated database
Misc improvements

V2.3.7
Database updated
Bug fixes


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Comments and ratings for Exoplanet Explorer
  • (75)

    by Daniel E.H. Hudson on 17/05/2014

    Rate high..science help the&b

  • (75)

    by Joe Weider on 17/04/2014

    Terrific app!

  • (75)

    by Robert Seifert on 03/04/2014

    Excellent that the dev understood the update database problem. This app awesome!

  • (75)

    by Adam Scott on 24/03/2014

    Every time I boot the app, it has to update the same 1144 planets which takes close to 10 minutes.. Other than that the app is amazing, I will change my rating upon fixing updates

  • (75)

    by Anthony Ferrara on 15/02/2014

    As a Cosmologist, I find this handy to help me (and my students) keep up with the countless exoplanet finds at our fingertips. Very happy. Keep the updates coming as best you can. Thanks.

  • (75)

    by Geoff Hilton on 24/11/2013

    My only but major negative point is the time it takes to update new planets, in fact it makes it unusable.

  • (75)

    by Isaac Griffin on 12/10/2013

    It's a nice app which runs smoothly, and is probably the best space app for android there is, but it could do with a few improvements. Like, altering the colour, size and features of individual planets based on data about them so not all planets of the same catergory look exactly the same. Also it'd be nice if the graphics were updated(they look a little dated).