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Moon Globe

Moon Globe
  • #: 4592
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2014-10-08
  • Current Version: 2.3
  • 2.3
  • Size: 71.60 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Michael Howard
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2009 Michael R. Howard
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Hold the Moon in your hands. Moon Globe turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a precision instrument for viewing Earth's Moon. Satellite imagery and topographic laser altimeter data are combined to render the Moon with realistic lighting in realtime 3D.

Use the multitouch screen to manipulate the view. Spin above the surface, or switch to Telescope mode to see the Moon as it appears from your location on Earth. Adjust the display time and watch the sunlight shift over the lunar landscape. A "tag cloud" floats just above the surface, labeling terrain features and spacecraft; touch any label to find out more about that feature. Moon Globe also shows you where the Moon and Sun are in the sky with its dynamic sky compass.

This sophisticated astronomy simulation is FREE so that you can learn about Earth's Moon and wow your friends with what your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad can do. For Moon Globe fans, Moon Globe HD is also available with twice the map resolution.

What's New in Version 2.3

• Updated for iOS 7 and iOS 8. iOS 7 or later is required for this update.
• Supports full resolution on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
• Slightly improved graphics rendering (since OpenGLES 1.x no longer has to be supported).
• The Sky Compass projection is now based on angular elevation. This better indicates how high the Moon and Sun are in the sky.

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Rated 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews.


5/5 stars

Fantastic Retina Update!

I love the Moon and having a great 3D model of it in my phone is incredible. The globe mode is even better than the telescope mode and really makes you realize that you've only seen one side of the moon your entire life. I'm stunned that anyone would give such an amazing free app less than five stars let alone almost 1000 people giving it only one! So Shameful. Really shows how flawed the ratings system is here. I highly recommend this unbelievable app and the Mars one too! I have over 500 apps and these are my favourites by far. They give you an uncanny feeling of actually being there, not just of viewing the surface but actually visiting the body in space. The adjustable lighting reveals that the Moon is not only 3D in the sense of being a globe but also in the sense of having actual 3D craters ect embossed into its surface. It contains a stupefying amount of information about our little brother - more than even an astronaut going there would need - and the swipe gestures for zooming and panning and orbiting are so smoothly and intuitively interpreted that you feel like you're controlling it with your mind rather than your screen. Truly astounding app - thank you for this and for the Mars as well - please tell me that a similar Earth app is on the way. Can't imagine any room for improvement aside from adding the ability to zoom in even further and now I see that the HD version has granted this wish too... even for the iPhone!!! Amazing!

5/5 stars


I've seen many moon globes. Most of them are a image mapped to a smooth globe, but this one is some 3D globe. You have to be into the astronomy to appreciate it. I own a 11" telescope. What it fascinating me when I train my telescope to the moon is that you can see the sun light falls onto each individual mountain peaks and lights them one by one as the moon and earth rotates around the sun. This 3D model actually can show you how that is happening. My telescope? Was 4000$. This application? Free!

The only thing that was not true to the real telescope view is that there is too much diffusion on the lighting. The light is diffused too much and too many and too far that the mountain lights up from the shadow. But that can considered as Hollywood "FX", make it more interesting to watch! What is not to like!


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