Astronomy App Luminos Introduces 3D Meteor Showers and Automation

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[] San Jose, California - Wobbleworks LLC has released its latest free feature update to its flagship astronomy app Luminos, bringing meteor showers and full remote automation to the award-winning app. Users can now locate meteor showers using the app's "Tonight's Best" scheduling assistant and see them simulated as 3D objects in the night sky. Luminos has also added a new ability to control the app using shared links, giving users full power to automate the app's features.

Meteor showers in Luminos are based on orbital calculations of the parent comets and asteroids which created them. Luminos will present 3D representations of the meteors matching empirical data predicting their strength, and the rate of meteors can then be adjusted by users up to a more frequent eye-catching display. Because the meteors are drawn as 3D objects, they can be viewed either from the ground or from orbit, such as a simulation of a meteor shower from the perspective of the International Space Station.

Luminos also includes recreations of famous historical meteor showers such as the Leonid meteor storm of 1833, where the meteor rate was more than 100,000 per hour. Users can simulate the appearance of these storms with quick tap access to the time and to the location of the events.

For customers looking to share their Luminos experiences with others, the app now includes the ability to create URL links which control it when activated in a browser on a device with the app installed. Users can easily share or author URLs with access to the full functionality of Luminos: changing location or orbiting bodies in space, controlling time, displaying messages, and more. Luminos URLs can be used to save favorite observation targets or create educational sequences to be viewed by others.

Luminos 8.3 also incorporates the latest appearance of Pluto based on the New Horizons mission.

Luminos is the recent recipient of a 2015 PC Magazine Editor's Choice award. The previous version of Luminos added the largest deep space image collection of any mobile app, as well as the first live sky charts for Apple Watch.

App Highlights:
* Now in its fifth year of free feature updates
* Realistic sky visualizations
* Millions of stars
* Smooth animations and 3D flight to any destination in the solar system
* Thousands of years of simulated solar and lunar eclipses
* Satellite, comet, meteor, and asteroid tracking
* Telescope control

Device Requirements:
* iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
* iOS version 7.0 or later
* 400 MB device space

Pricing and Availability:
Luminos version 8.3 is available exclusively through the App Store for $9.99 USD (or equivalent) with no in-app purchases.

Wobbleworks LLC is the family business of John Stephen and Brian Albers. Together they have more than 50 years of hardware and software experience, from small startups to large enterprises such as Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle. Now they are focusing their passion on crafting astronomy software that will delight you. Copyright (C) 2015 Wobbleworks LLC. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Apple Watch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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