January 20, 2011

Vic Mahfood

Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model

Developer Quote: "This 3D Solar System model enables you to navigate through space and time, observe all the planets in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structure, history of their exploration and points of interest."

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- COST:  $2.99   - RATING: 4-1/2 Stars
(Cost/Rating subject to change per the App Store)

- Categories: Astronomy, Education, Encyclopedia, Entertainment, Native, Reference, Science, Universal

I remember studying Astronomy in college as an elective. I thought it would be interesting, and not such a difficult class to undertake. What I didn't realize was just how fascinating this class would be to me, and how much I would enjoy it. If you have any interest in science, our planets or astronomy, Solar Walk will be a source of delight and education to you.

This scientific app will show you space and the planets as well as teach you things you've never known. More than that, it's all done in a sleek, futuristic and beautiful package. Use 3D mode to get a more realistic experience! Then zoom out to view and spin the entire Galaxy! Check out the satellites while enjoying the inspiring music. Visit the Milky Way and check out the revolutions around Earth. Some of the amazing features of this astronomy app are:

• GALAXY view - absolutely magical zoom out to view the whole galaxy option.
• SATELLITES - real-time trajectories of the most interesting artificial Earth's satellites
• LOCATIONS - arrow will show your current position on the globe, plus names of the biggest cities of the Earth, as well as sights of the Moon, Mars and Venus.
• MOVIE - the 1st of Solar Walk animated educational videos "Solar System Planets' Size Comparison"
• FLY to a PLANET: having chosen a planet from a far, tap an image of a "rocket" to fly straight to the planet.
• INFO about all planets: general info, its name, its mass, radius, distance to the sun, internal structure with the picture and science missions.
• TIME MACHINE: Slide your finger on the time scale and the sky will start moving accordingly. Tap year, month and time and change them depending on what you want to see, the display will adapt accordingly to show you how planets were aligned at that time.

I love the way the background moves around with the planets in it, and that they are easily labeled. Another fantastic feature is the detailed information on the planets. Scroll through to get General Info, Facts & Figures, Internal Structure, and Earth Science Missions. Each category is loaded with info. It was illuminating to me to see the different sizes of the planets compared together. Play the movies to to see how we fit into the heavens along with all the other planets. A myriad of attention to detail make Solar Walk truly noteworthy. See for yourself!
COOL CONCLUSION: "For an amazing, first rate look at the celestial nature of our world and planets around us, pick the planet of your choice and go for the ride of your life with Solar Walk."
--Date/Version: Updated 1/5/11 - Version 1.6.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.0 or later. iOS 4.0 Tested. Rated 4+.
--Tip/Tutorials: To fully enjoy the 3D mode, you will need a pair of 3D glasses.
--Device: (+ Universal: For iPhone/iPad), iPad
--Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
--Developer Link: Vito Technology, Inc.
--Twitter Link: @starwalk
--Facebook Link: STARWALK

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