American Museum of Natural History Updates iPhone Cosmic Discoveries App

. February 25, 2011 . 0 Comments

The first major update of the American Museum of Natural History: Cosmic Discoveries iPhone App was released on February 15 as part of an ongoing effort to create a gallery of the universe that fits in the palm of your hand. The updated app features five new chapters, which combine fascinating images with in-depth descriptions of astrophysical phenomena, the people who discovered them, and the technology that makes it all possible.

Cosmic Discoveries contains nearly a thousand images of everything from the pockmarked surface of Mercury to the majestic Horsehead Nebula, culled from the Museum’s archives and Science Bulletins, as well as dozens of space agencies and observatories around the world. All the photographs appear on the app’s initial screen stitched together to form one of the most iconic shapes in our Solar System—the gas giant Saturn and its rings.

Double-tap or pinch to zoom into the mosaic and inspect individual photos. Tap the info button to flip the photos and read fascinating information about famous astronomical discoveries, the history of human understanding of outer space, and current advances in astrophysics. Comment on the photos, read others’ comments, or share with your friends so they can join you on your journey through the universe.

www.amnh.org

App download: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/american-museum-natural-history/id396546761?mt=8

Category: Natural History

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