Kepler Explorer App for iPhone and iPad Permits Users to Explore Alien Planets

By on Apr 15, 2012 in Astronomy, Education, Science, United States, World Comments


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The Kepler Explorer app developed by a team at the University of California, Santa Cruz led by Jonathan Fortney permits users to explore alien planets, according to several international news sites, April 15, 2012.

Based on reports, the free Kepler app available for iPhone and iPad, allows users to explore some 2,000 planetary systems discovered by NASA‘s Kepler Mission. The Kepler Mission scans the Milky Way galaxy in search of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones of the stars they orbit.

Jonathan Fortney, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics mentioned that “one goal of the app was too keep information more on the lines of what we already know about planets, rather than root it in hypothetical guesswork.”

The Kepler Explorer app has a drop-down menu that lists all the planetary systems discovered by the Kepler Mission and has a slider to show planets’ orbits around their respective stars.

Moreover, when viewing planets, users can play with different possible compositions of their body and atmosphere, and use elements such as iron, rock, water and hydrogen to try out combinations consistent with the Kepler Mission‘s findings.

“There are certainly a lot of people who are very interested in astronomy. Astronomy is the science that the public keeps up with most, besides medicine”, Fortney said in a statement.



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