Solar Explorer HD Pro

Solar Explorer HD Pro

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

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  • Great UI
  • Great scientific app
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"The third from the Sun"

Reviewed by / Mar 26, 2012

"A comprehensive encyclopedia of the Solar System"

Although there's people who thinks that there's a device to travel beyond lightspeed buried under the moon of Pluto and not so far ago there was who believed that there were water rivers throughout Mars surface, reality often is more interesting that fiction.

Solar System is an interactive encyclopedia of whatever lies from the Sun to the reaches of Kuiper Belt. It's well wrapped in an wonderful user interface and an unexpected awesome music. Amount of data is huge, and will satiate every astronomy savvy needs. It doesn't matter if you want this app for studying, flat curiosity or needs, it's absolutely awesome. If it lacks of something is that it's only a compilation of data. Perfect to have that info at hand or learn every day a little, but otherwise the nicest complement to Google Sky or NASA apps.

This paid version allows to get free updates, even more data and get rid of ads.

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Developer's original description available here
Solar System Explorer will take you on an interactive 3D trip through our solar system. Featuring more than 35 planets, moons, asteroids and the spacecraft that have visited them, you'll have a chance to see a different side of our little corner of the galaxy!

Features exclusive to this full edition:
★★★ High resolution 3D solar system HD graphics for the latest phones and tablets
★★★ A dedicated tablet mode
★★★ Many more spacecraft to explore and learn about, including NASA Dawn, Cassini and Juno
★★★ A wealth of information and facts about our solar system
★★★ A planet position calculator to find out where the planets were on significant days such as your birthday

The places you'll visit:
★ The Sun, otherwise known as Sol
★ Mercury
★ Venus
★ Earth and the Moon, also known as Luna
★ Mars and its tiny moons Deimos and Phobos
★ Asteroids Ceres and Vesta
★ Jupiter and its moons Callisto, Europa, Ganymede and Io
★ Saturn and the moons Mimas, Tethys, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Titan and Iapetus
★ Uranus and its moons Miranda, Umbriel, Ariel, Oberon, Titania
★ Neptune, the moons Triton and Proteus
★ The former planet Pluto and its moon Charon
★ And you'll have a chance to catch up with NASA's Voyager probe on it's lonely journey into the cosmos

There are plenty of facts about each of the places you will visit in the solar system. All of it is available at the touch of a button, thanks to the easy to use and friendly user interface.

Statistics, information and other planet data can presented relative to what you are familiar with on Earth. The solar system is vast and it's easier to grasp facts such as planet Jupiter's mass being equal to about 317 Earths.

Orbital positions and planetary motion in this solar system simulator use a compressed scale, which makes it easier to fit the solar system map onto a screen. The distance between the Sun and gas giant planets is huge. Shrinking the planet orbits diagram to fit your screen, without compressing it, would make the inner planets so tiny and so close to the Sun that they would be invisible.

Only the Voyager and Pioneer probes have visited the gas giants of the outer solar system, planet Neptune and planet Uranus. The moons of these worlds are "tidally-locked" like our Moon. Telescopes and passing NASA spacecraft have only taken photos of the sides of theses moon that face away from the planet, just as we cannot photograph the "dark side" of Luna from Earth. Because the hidden side has not been visible to space agency spacecraft, it has been estimated from geographic features that are visible.

While there may only be eight planets in our solar system now, Pluto is still included for your viewing pleasure.

Solar Explorer feature summary:
★ Ideal educational introduction to the solar system for kids
★ Virtual solar system model with a planet orbit diagram and solar system orbit simulator
★ See the smallest and largest solar system objects including planets, moons and asteroids
★ Interesting moon and planet fact discovery, such as planet weights (mass)
★ Learn the solar system, moon and planet systems
★ High quality 3D solar system graphics
★ The planet surface simulation constructed from real photos taken by telescopes or NASA spacecraft
★ An awesome soundtrack to accompany you on your journey

Solar System Explorer: the handy solar system chart in your pocket.

Recently changed in this version

V2.6.14
Added subtle "space dust" effect which is visible when flying around
Fix for the app sometimes getting stuck when used offline
Misc. bug fixes

V2.6.13
Fixed options menu

V2.6.11
Bug fixes for the sun in free flight mode
Planet structure fix

V2.6.10
New free flight mode
Sound effects
Bug fixes

V2.6.9
gimbal lock fix
UI improvements
Latest news section
bug fixes

v2.6.7 fixed pinch to zoom

v2.6.6 completely rewritten


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Comments and ratings for Solar Explorer HD Pro
  • (74)

    by Alberto Droz on 13/07/2014

    Last two updates made this application useless. Does nothing but freezes phone.

  • (74)

    by Fernando Bea on 25/06/2014

    Good app but can't use it with ART

  • (74)

    by andy tuckwood on 07/06/2014

    Great app but really miss being able to zoom out as far as I want, 5 stars if you can return this feature. Thanks.

  • (74)

    by Bruce Atkins on 16/05/2014

    I also liked the old version better.

  • (74)

    by Immary Abdullah on 15/05/2014

    This rewrite is ok and the layout is neat. My first impression - I prefer the old music more. The earth's skin also look better in the previous one. Pinching and rotating the planets isn't buttery smooth in my Note 2. Whether it's my phone, or the apps, not sure. Hmmm...I appreciate your rewriting effort, but I do miss the old one!

  • (74)

    by Robert Androyd on 14/05/2014

    While it is clear that the developer has made major aesthetic upgrades, certain things that used to be intuitive and fluid before this update are now kludgy (at least on my Nexus 7 2013 tablet). For example, pinch-zooming now seems to go to a wider zoomed-out view when you are making the opposite gesture. Also, you have really lost something wonderful by making the "birds eye" solar system view a

  • (74)

    by Justan Baker on 13/05/2014

    Amazing!