Explore a 3D globe of the Moon
Moon Atlas is an astronomy application that lets you use the mouse or 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.
Minor lunar feature changes.
Ratings and Reviews
It's easy to operate…
It's very well done :-)
Finally a Lunar Atlas You can Use
I have nearly every Lunar atlas available, from Antonín Rükl's detailed (and difficult to obtain) classic to a variety of photographic atlases, like the "Hatfield Photographic Lunar Atlas" and "Atlas of the Lunar Terminator," to a variety of folding maps. Rükl's masterpiece is actually too detailed and often difficult to correlate with the reversed view most common telescopes give. The various photographic atlases vary considerably in visual detail. Most of these favor an inverted, not reversed, view, which make them very difficult to use. This app gives you the best of everything: compelling visual detail, the ability to display the current terminator, and the ability to adjust the view, flipping it up and down, left or right. Well worth the modest price. The iPad version is a perfect companion, as you can bring it out with you to view. In fact, I found this app such a visual pleasure that I got the Mars Atlas.
If you are working on one of the many 100-feature observation programs, interested in the Russian or US landing sites, or just fascinated by the stark lunar landscape, this app is for you. I have it running on my PC laptop, my iMac desktop, and my iPhone 4, and it's a valuable asset to my lunar observation sessions. It helps you find craters, seas (mare), mountains (montes) and about a dozen other types of features by name. It identifies these features on the map at a click and even shows you what parts of the Moon are tipped toward Earth in libration. There are too many subtle features in this app to mention. Great app - worth every penny.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.