The first app that I came across was called Star Chart. It was a free iphone app that I found on the Apple App Store. This app allows you to see what kind of picture a group of stars make up. It outlines the group of stars with detailed blue and white lines which create a picture. I picked this app because it looked really interesting as well as helpful. It is very hard to see what exactly the shape of the stars is supposed to resemble, but with this app, it is very easy.
The app also offers a variety of upgrades. Each upgrade costs three dollars, and one of the coolest upgrades is called Meteor Showers, and it allows you to know where to look for shooting stars. One of the other upgrades allows you to explore dwarf planets and planetary …show more content…
The only other thing that I wish this app would do, is cover planets and stars outside of the solar system. It would be amazing to take a closer look at what other planets look like and see some of their statistics like the ones that were provided in this app. Other then these two small complaints, the app is awesome as it has a lot to offer for being a free app.
The app has provided a lot more content then I had originally expected. I was happy to discover all the additional features this app had to offer, as I thought it was only useful for seeing what kind of pictures a group of stars could form. Overall this app is great for all ages and I would recommend it to people because it has a lot of useful information as well as beautiful graphics which help you obtain a better understanding of our solar system.
The second app that I found is called Solar Walk Free. This app is also for the iphone and I also found it on the Apple App Store. This app has amazing graphics. It includes the planets in our solar system and it even includes the moons on each planet. I was really surprised and happy when I discovered the ability to view the moons, because it was a feature that was not available on the previous app.
With each planet, you can rotate and zoom in on its three dimensional figure. While observing each planet individually, you are given a new fun fact about it. These fun facts are also available for the moons of each planet. In addition to the fun facts, each planet is
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Uranus is the only giant planet whose equator is nearly at right angles to its orbit and has 5 large moons and 22 smaller moons. It is, also, the only planet in our solar system to spin on its side. Uranus
On Earth we have one moon to look at during the night. Can you imagine looking at 50 or 60 moons at night? If we lived on Jupiter, that’s what we would see! Jupiter has 50 definite moons. There are 17 moons scientists are still examining to make sure that they are moons. Some are smaller than 1.5 miles in diameter! Jupiter’s four largest moons, and four first discovered, are known as the Galilean moons, named after their discoverer Galileo Galilee in 1610.
One of these terrestrial planets, Mercury is the topic of the next section. Mercury, one of the smallest planets, has a surface similar to that of a moon because it is cratered with some smoother areas. However, it is distinct from the moon in that the plains are the same color as the cratered areas. Mercury
This program is being presented in over 750 planetariums around the world as part of the “International Year of Astronomy”. Basically, it has been four hundred years since Galileo Galilei invented the telescope and planetariums are celebrating the invention with this presentation. This program was well worth the time to see because it provided a relaxed and interesting learning experience for all in attendance.
In order to capture the interest of various audiences, we need a variety of different communication methods. These audiences may include the general public, that typically would have little background in planetary sciences, nor would they be initially interested in learning about the subject.
Today we have new technology that allows us to do many incredible things. One of those things is the ability to calculate the stars, where they will go and where
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and is the largest planet in the solar system. It has a mass of more than twice the size of the rest of the planets and about eighty times more massive. To be put into perspective compared to our planet Earth, there would need to be eleven Earths lined up next to each other in order to stretch from one side of Jupiter to the other. We would also need about three hundred and seventeen Earths to equal the mass of Jupiter. Jupiter is mostly made up of hydrogen and helium and has four main moons- Lo, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto- as well as many other smaller moons. It is also the fastest moving planet, making a day less than ten hours and it takes approximately twelve Earth years. Jupiter also has the strongest magnetic field of all planets, the gargantuan.
I believe the most interesting planet in our solar system, other than Earth, is Neptune. This is because Neptune is farther from the sun then most planets. To add to that, Neptune was discovered in 1846 by a French mathematician. This mathematician however did not discover Neptunes largest moon Triton. Plus, he wasn’t the only scientist involved in the discovery of Neptune. Discovering another planet beyond Uranus was thought to be improbable. But a collection of scientists noticed changes in the orbit of another planet, the planet slightly closer to our star than Neptune, Uranus. But before all of this happened, our old friend Galileo saw something with his small telescope. He saw what he thought could be a fixed star or something that could just be there effecting Uranus’ orbit.
We can see Jupiter up close now by using high-resolution telescopes, and we can see how active the planet is. The theme of the Saturn piece is age, perhaps so attributed to age because of its accumulation of asteroids that form its famous rings. The themes of the Uranus piece are magic and showmanship. Uranus (along with Venus) rotates clockwise while all the other planets
On May 9, 2016, i watched the TED Talk of Jon Nguyen, a NASA researcher working for the jet propulsion laboratory. He explains how this new tool that he developed for NASA will help people explore and learn the history and get a better understanding of outer space and our solar system. Specifically, he explains that you can learn a whole lot and basically read the solar system from this program. As he said, “There's a whole story to tell here. And even better, because it's an interactive application, you can tell the story for yourself. If you want to pause it, you can pause it. If you want to keep going, if you want to change the camera angle, you can do that,...” Although some people may believe that this 3-D program may render useless to the finding out the enriched history of space travel, Nguyen insisted that you can learn the whole story of space exploration. He stated you can zoom in on planets, or get a glimpse of satellites orbiting Earth and even satellites in deep space.. In addition, he says
our solar system, but they are unimportant compared to the nine major planets. In this paper I will discuss the planets and how they are each unique.
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and by far the largest mass object in the solar system of all the other planets. Jupiter is twice the size of all the other planets combined. It is as 318 times the sizes of earth. The distance that Jupiter orbits the sun is 778,330,000 km (Gallant pp154). The diameter is 142,984 km and the mass that it has is 1.900e27 kg. Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the sky after the Sun, the Moon and Venus. Mars is some times brighter. Galileo discovered Jupiter in 1610(Gallant); another interesting fact is that Jupiter has 4 large moons. Which are known as the Galilean moons. They were named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. The first mission that went to Jupiter was Pioneer 10 in 1973 and later
The terrestrial planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. These four planets are the planets that are closest to the sun. Terrestrial means earthlike; therefore, these planets are all earthlike because they have a solid ground. The terrestrial planets are the middle school years. The knowledge learned here orbits the sun. If the knowledge learned at the sun is not retained, a student may have a
I spent as much time as I could observing the stars and constellations for this project, despite the fact that we had several days of bad whether which left us with cloudy, cold skies. There wasn’t any degree of difficulty to this project and I found it rather enjoyable and very informative. I am giving serious consideration towards purchasing a telescope as a result of this project