April 26, 2012 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Grenoble, France - Starmap today is pleased to announce Starmap 3.0 for iOS, their astronomy application that puts a complete planetarium in the user's hand. Starmap is a high-quality and interactive map of the sky that combines detailed celestial information with an interactive compass and virtual telescope. The update to this popular Education application, created by a professional astronomer who holds a PhD in electronics/physics engineering, has an increased processing speed, over twice as many celestial objects, new menus, a Tonight's View list that highlights events and objects, and astronomy themed movies. This extended version of Starmap's Night Sky Agenda series provides an accurate list of celestial objects, including over 350,000 stars that can be observed at the location and time of observation of users, using computations of large harmonic expansions, specially optimized for the iOS mathematical libraries.
Starmap provides detailed information on celestial bodies and events such as planets, constellations, galaxies, clusters, nebulae, meteors, comets, and double stars. Records are provided with images and short descriptions available in 12 languages. All entries are arranged by kind and can be sorted by many criteria like luminosity or rise time. The Tonight tab provides users with location-based highlights of planets, meteors, stars, double stars and deep sky objects that are occurring in the overhead night sky. Providing details that will intrigue advanced astronomers and novice stargazers alike, Starmap provides an easy finder feature that helps the user locate each object in the sky. In addition, this application provides users with specific information on the best times for observation and the optimal means for observation. Possible methods of observation include the naked eye, binoculars, small or large telescope, and photo.
Other planetarium applications only provide the individual positions of the celestial items. Starmap is different. Allowing users to select a night period and means of observation, from the naked eye to larger telescopes, it provides the precise calculation of more than a thousand trajectories in the night sky, with rise and set times, giving users a more accurate personalized star-gazing experience. With the device compass, users may point the device in any direction and Starmap will pinpoint and detail the exact portion of the sky, like a virtual telescope. Stargazers use the touch screen to zoom in or out, and tap stars, planets and other objects in the sky for detailed information.
Touching an object on the screen of Starmap launches the compass-based sky search, helping the user to spot the exact position of the object in the sky. Users hold the device parallel to their line of vision as the map smoothly scans the sky as the user moves the device. This helps users quickly and easily identify and match the object in the sky with the celestial map in the application. For example, if a user would like to locate the planet Venus, as the Tonight tab has designated that it will be visible, the user simply taps the Find button. The user is presented with a graphic representation of the night sky, complete with a locator arrow pointing in the direction of Venus. As the user gazes at the sky and turns the iOS device, the user is able to follow the arrow and target guidelines to locate the exact position of Venus in the sky. Starmap also allows users to see the night sky over any part of the world, by building location lists using geo-location.
* 350,000 visible stars
* 200 main stars with detailed names and descriptions
* 150 galaxies, clusters, and nebulae
* Tonight's best selection: the night sky overview in one glance
* Lunar Calendar, constellation boundaries, asteroids, and dwarf planets
* Automatic viewpoint sky view with accelerometer and compass
* Clickable map for detailed information
* Night vision mode
* GPS support and custom locations
* Bonus Points at the end of the game for special chip combinations
* An international favorite updates more content for iOS mobile devices
Perfect for educators, students, campers, boaters, families, scouting groups and more, Starmap is a comprehensive astronomy application that is easy to use, packed with information and customizable according to location. Whether a user employs Starmap as an instructional tool, a traveling compass, or a stargazing companion, this application's uses and capabilities are out of this world.
"Put the power of a planetarium in the palm of your hand" stated Starmap's Frederic Descamps. "Starmap is your powerful, interactive guide to the universe."
* U.S. English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 21.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Starmap 3.0 is $11.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available on request.
Based in Grenoble, France, Starmap was founded by Frederic Descamps in 2008. Starmap is the first handheld interactive planetarium mobile application that lets you discover the night sky with realistic maps and detailed factual information. Starmap has been featured many times on the AppStore since its first version. Descamps is a professional astronomer and has been practicing in the field since his youth. He holds a PhD in electronics/physics engineering, with a thesis in electronics for the large particles detector at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and DESY in Hamburg, Germany. Descamps started the Starmap mobile application as a hobby, which has now turned into a business. Copyright (C) 2012 Starmap. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.