Pocket Planets Lite

Pocket Planets Lite

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

Pros
  • 3D graphics
  • Database info
  • Orbit calculations
  • Flexible camera system
Cons
  • Screentouch response should be enhanced
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"Handy galaxies"

Reviewed by / Jul 25, 2012

Pocket Planets is the largest 3D Solar System Simulator for Android

Interested in Astronomy? You got to the right place. Pocket Planets takes planets, asteroids, dwarfs, stars and any other celestial object and put them into your mobile device.

Pocket Planets recreates in 3D graphics the Solar System and all the relevant heavenly bodies on it. The best way to learn is to see it yourself and that's what you can do with this app. Zoom in/out, turn, change location (from Earth to Mars in seconds), check out distances from objects in km and miles as well as in AV, or learn more about planets' moons.

We recommend you to take a glance at the tutorial you'll find first time you launch the app. Follow the guide to know by heart how to move, zoom, changes views and use the camera, displaying and moving timeslider, change location and make the most of other features like the Enzyclopedia.

Actually, Enzyclopedia is one of its plus points: it provides useful info about the object you requested, like radius, mass, orbit rotation length. What's more, there's also additional info (only available in the paid version). From settings you can set your preferences regarding info displayed, orbit, labels, visibility, lightning and many more. Pocket Planets amusingly teaches you what your professor couldn't in their boring classes. Great app.

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Developer's original description available here
Pocket Planets is the most comprehensive 3D Solar System Simulator in the Google Play Store.
With accurate scale representation of the Sun, Planets, Moons, Asteroids, Dwarfs and detailed information to the celestial objects.
Use it as educational software for your kids, or regardless if you are a beginner or advanced astronomer, this App brings you closer to the planets than any telescope.
Working great on smartphones and tablets.

Discover...
★ 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.

Features:
★ 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

Follow the development of Pocket Planets on Twitter
http://twitter.com/pocket_planets

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.

Recently changed in this version

★ Fixed hangup and 'black hole' on the Samsung Galaxy S4
★ English encyclopedia typos corrected
★ Menu for Tutorial videos added
★ Milky Way adjustments


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Comments and ratings for Pocket Planets Lite
  • (69)

    by Kari Poole on 19/06/2014

    Very helpful to learn about the planets in the galaxy

  • (69)

    by omar asuncion on 17/06/2014

    im ganna install full version

  • (69)

    by Sandeep Shukla on 03/06/2014

    Feels like i am flying in space without wings hehe... Good job developers you made me give you 4 stars for this one

  • (69)

    by Mazhar Ali Channa on 27/05/2014

    Main hamasha khoush rhta ho q ka main kisa sa wmead nhe rkhta

  • (69)

    by rudybeth arano on 27/05/2014

    Awesome

  • (69)

    by Dania Gonzalez on 24/05/2014

    Woow

  • (69)

    by siddharth kothari on 24/05/2014

    Amazing graphics