Enterprise Mobility: iPhone, iPad Apps for Astronomers at Heart

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-09-27 Print this article Print
NASA App (Free)

NASA App (Free)

The mother lode for space geeks, this app collects, customizes and delivers an extensive selection of news, images and videos.
While the less than graceful fall to Earth of UARS, a bus-sized, 6.5-ton NASA satellite, might not be one of space exploration history's higher points, it nonetheless underscores the reality that we are a planet of rocket launchers and astronauts, beings with a sense of adventure and a desire to boldly go where nobody has gone before. For those of us who remain—despite our fascination with the heavens—resolutely Earth-bound, there are still a number of resources at our disposal for learning about the universe, no matter what our age or level of interest. In addition to offering official space agency applications like NASA's, the Apple App Store offers apps for stargazing and learning about our solar system, as well as ones aimed at improving your astronomy education. Fascinated by the moon? The Moon Globe app gives you a highly detailed, 360-degree view of Earth's only satellite. Want to spice up your days with a randomly selected but always stunning photo of the outer reaches of the solar system? The App Store has a host of daily photo applications to keep you happy. Never could space geeks go so far with their feet firmly on the ground.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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