Solar System Explorer HD Pro

Solar System Explorer HD Pro


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Expert's Review

"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
Soar into space and visit dozens of planets, moons and asteroids on an exciting journey through our solar system. High definition graphics and atmospheric music will make you feel like you are there!

This pro version of Solar Explorer includes more spacecraft, more functions and has no ads!

★ HD graphics and awesome music and sound effects
★ Easy to use and intuitive controls
★ Detailed information about dozens of planets and moons
★ Images based on real photos taken by telescopes or NASA spacecraft
★ Ideal educational introduction to the solar system for kids
★ An atmospheric experience in the vacuum of space!

Easy to use controls make navigation a breeze. A simple tap will send you soaring into the outer reaches of deep space. Another tap will return you safely home to Earth.

There’s lots to see and do. In addition to beautiful graphics, Solar System Explorer also includes a great deal of information about the planetary systems you’ll visit. Learning has never been so enjoyable!

Become the pilot. With the new free-flight option, you can take direct control and fly the spaceship yourself. Accompanied by a rumbling engine, you’ll be swooping through the asteroid belt, diving through the gas giant Saturn’s rings and surfing the upper atmosphere of planets. It’s the next best thing to a space walk!

The 3D models in this app are based on photos taken by NASA spacecraft and both space-based and ground based telescopes. Because some of the moons around the gas giants have only been visited once or twice, we may have partially complete images. Missing surface detail for these moons is estimated from what can be seen.

In this solar system simulator, visit the brilliant blue-green planet Uranus, knocked onto its side by a massive collision. See the proto-planet Ceres which makes up one third of the mass of the asteroid belt. Travel to Neptune's moon Triton which orbits in the opposite direction to its other moon, Proteus. Take in the sights of the Jupiter's heavily scarred moon Callisto, its surface pockmarked by countless impact craters.

Places to visit in the Solar System Explorer orrery:
The Sun, otherwise known as Sol
Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
Gas giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Moons: Luna, Deimos and Phobos, Callisto, Europa, Ganymede, Io, Mimas, Tethys, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Titan, Iapetus, Miranda, Umbriel, Ariel, Oberon, Titania, Triton, Proteus, Charon
Dwarf planets: Ceres and Vesta
The former planet Pluto
Spacecraft including NASA's Voyager, Juno, New Horizons, Dawn, Cassini, Pioneer and Russia's Zond 3

Solar System Explorer: the 3D solar system simulator for pocket astronomers!

Download the old Solar Explorer Lite at

Recently changed in this version

Improved app startup
Bug fixes and other minor improvements
Fixed Pioneer/Juno overlap

Added option to keep the screen awake with WAKE_LOCK permission
Renamed "real time" label to be less confusing
Added unique splash screen
Bug fixes

More languages
Bug fixes

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

    by Filip Schlatter on 27/10/2014

    I purchased the pay version and when the latest update came out. It just is awesome. I have had this app, since it was fairly new. And over time the developer has done a great job, now with HD it is stunningly beautiful and all the info provided has been extremely educational. Highly recommend this app. It's great just if you want to play or learn. Am looking forward to to see what comes next.

  • (74)

    by Keyvan Lyons on 22/09/2014

    The app is nice and so is the music, the only small problem I am experiencing is that once you change the time and date in the app there's no way of synchronizing the time and date in the app back with the real time, even though there is a real time tab In the time and date changer but it doesn't really do much real time difference change, it just slows down the solar system orbiting. I was hoping

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    by Manish Doshi on 04/09/2014


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    by stephane p. on 07/08/2014

    Since the 'upgrade' to Unity the app is not working anymore.

  • (74)

    by John Sawyer on 03/08/2014

    Thank you very much for making this app!

  • (74)

    by Sean Fishlock on 01/08/2014

    Would be more usable as an educational tool if it had an optional voice to read out the name of the object you're looking at. higher resolution textures would also be great. Would also like to see speed kph indicator when in free flight mode. And more kbos and tnos like eris and sedna

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    by David Coleman on 27/07/2014

    Love the app. Just a couple of issues. You can see the sun through Ceres and some of the planets flicker through Vesta but otherwise it's great.

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