Solar System Explorer HD

Solar System Explorer HD

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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.

Chek out the paid version to get 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 space probes that have visited them, you'll have a chance to see a different side of our little piece of the galaxy!

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 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 HD feature summary:
★ Ideal educational introduction to the solar system for kids
★ Virtual 3D 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. Take a solar walk today!

Recently changed in this version

Minor UI bug fixes
Added "flight speed" setting for a more leisurely journey

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Comments and ratings for Solar System Explorer HD
  • (70)

    by Samuel Christopher on 05/04/2014

    Bring back Voyager.Kinda got a kick out of locating Voyager.Thought that was a pretty cool feature.Otherwise,despite the "mislabel" glitch.Awesome upgrade.

  • (70)

    by Spencer D on 05/04/2014

    When I tap 'earth' it shows me Venus. If I tap 'Mars' it shows me Earth and so on. It's like it has an offset of 1 with regards to positions from the sun. Is this because of Pluto being downgraded?

  • (70)

    by Taing Taing on 05/04/2014

    This is a worth downloading app!

  • (70)

    by Elmer Domingo on 23/03/2014

    N I C E

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    by Jada Flint on 21/03/2014

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    by Apurba Jyoti Baishya on 01/03/2014

    It's a nice app & easy to use. It's provides a virtual view of our solar system.

  • (70)

    by Robert Toll on 06/01/2014

    Missing other dwarf planets and their moones except Pluto. One moon still missing for Pluto. Also missing moones for the gas giants. World be nice to also zoom in to landing sites on the Moon, Mars, Venus and Mercury.