889 planets and counting.
The free Exoplanet App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a daily updated database of all discovered extrasolar planets with fancy and interactive visualisations.
Available on the iPhone app store
- Extensive database
- The exoplanet database used in this app is based on an open source project, called the Open Exoplanet Catalogue.
It contains physical parameters of every known exoplanet and is updated on a daily basis.
- Interactive visualisations and animations
- Many diagramms, plot and animations visualise the scientific information.
- Augmented Reality
- Find exoplanets by pointing your phone to the night sky.
- Interactive 3D plot of the Milky Way
- An interactive map show the position of all extrasolar planets that have been discovered in our Milky Way.
You can zoom into the Galaxy and find the location of every planet with respect to the Sun.
- Push notifications
- Sign up for push notifications so that you don't miss any new discoveries. Your phone will tell you when a new planet has been found! To disable push notifications, go to the settings app.
- Interactive multi-touch correlation plots
- Plot correlation diagrams, pinch and zoom with your fingers and e-mail the final diagram as a pdf file.
- Background information
- Learn more about the various detection methods and the discovered objects.
This is the first app I've been inspired enough to review. This does a beautiful job conveying real, up to date scientific information at a variety of levels. It's beautifully done, and the radial velocity and transit animations are particularly impressive. I'm amazed at all the work that went into this, and it's free. (11 October 2010)
- Well done!
Fascinating and well designed app. (10 October 2010)
Apps like this are what make the iThing great. A small app that gives you vast amounts of information on a subject most of us wouldn't normally bother to learn about. Getting push notifications when they discover a new planet is incredibly exciting. Seeing the total of known planets increase every time I open the app is surprisingly thrilling. This app connects you to those discoveries. It's made by an enthusiast, not a professional app developer, and you can see this enthusiasm in it. The presentation is excellent and constantly improving; the developer really makes an effort. The spinning globes are especially striking. In short, here's an app that shows why iPhones and the like are more than shiny toys; they can connect you to the wider universe and show you new wonders in an easy and intimate way. Thank you! (15 October 2010)
A brilliant app and getting better with every update. (8 October 2010)