Explore a 3D globe of the Moon
Moon Atlas is an astronomy application that lets you use pinch and finger gestures to manipulate a 3D globe of the Moon. This is a rendered sphere and not a static map image. As you zoom in more labels appear as finer detail comes into view. You can double tap on the labels to get more information about a particular feature.
Moon Atlas displays the phase and libration of the Moon from your chosen location and renders these on the globe. You can switch to a 'Globe' mode that allows you to spin the Moon around to see far side features. The feature database is searchable and can move the globe to a searched feature. The phase can be switched off and the far side is shown in a slightly darker shade of grey.
Date, time and location can be changed. There is also a realtime mode that will update to the current time.
The Moon globe can be shown with north or south at the top or inverted to suit different telescope views.
Over 1800 named features are included as well as 26 spacecraft that reached the surface of the Moon.
In addition, information about the current Moon phase and libration are provided. You can swipe left and right on the phase view to go backwards and forwards a day and on the libration chart to go backwards and forwards a month.
Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn atlases are also available on the App Store!
Also there is Planisphere, a star charting app, available on the App Store!
If you fancy trying to land on the Moon, try Apollo Eagle, a simulation of the last 50,000 feet of the Apollo 11 landing.
This version has been completely rewritten using the Swift programming language and replacing OpenGL with Metal.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs a little work...
I wish I could love this app a little more, but there is potential.
You can spin the moon and zoom in on anything. Looks great but the images get blurry pretty quickly. I don't expect a google earth degree of detail of course, but a higher degree of resolution should be available. Also, the zoom and pan features are really touchy. It can be frustrating when zooming in or out as the screen will just jump and you lose what you were looking at.
More information on key structures would be nice. You only get a couple of lines on The Sea of Tranquility and Appalo 17. Taping on these labels should give you a lot more info and some photos. This app have the potential to be a lot more then a virtual telescope (and a tempermental telescope at that).
But, overall, it is still a wonderfull and useful app.
The Mars Atlas on the other hand, is a complete mess. Crashes within 5 seconds of launch every single time. Still waiting for a reply on the e-mail I sent the developper. Very disappointing...
Very featureful, but low rez images makes this useless with telescope
+ Takes into account libration and viewers position
+ Dynamic labeling based on zoom (clearest labeling I’ve seen among apps!)
+ Provides extra data (including libration plot), not just the map itself!
+ Has upside-down & mirror mode, and night vision (red) mode.
+ Full 3D globe if you want or explore from other angles.
+ All imagery has a good (though static) lighting angle such that terrain relief is clear.
+ This turned out to be a BIG one for me: Lowest resolution imagery or any of the moon maps. When out observing with my small (130mm) reflector Telescope, I can clearly see much smaller details than shown in this image. Indeed, the in app chart is such low resolution that I had a hard time identifying craters because identifying details were missing. I ditched for another app that, while worse at showing labels, gave me the detail necessary to identify features accurately.
Everyone Will Enjoy This Atlas!
Everyone can enjoy all of these atlases as works of art as well as reliable references. They are easy to use and fill the needs of astronomers of all ages. They are well worth the modest fee. It’s an investment in program improvements, and hopefully the creation of atlases for other planets.
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- Julian James
- 128.5 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
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- © 2018 Julian James
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.