What's New

Minor bug fixes and improvements

App Description

A breakthrough electronic book about our Solar System, offering hours of interactive exploration and presenting a treasure trove of visual information.

Bestselling author Marcus Chown leads us on a grand tour through the incredible diversity of planets, moons, asteroids, comets and spacecraft that surround the Sun in our cosmic backyard. Illuminating his insightful and surprising text are a wealth of beautiful 3D objects, movies, images, animations, and diagrams, all fully interactive, richly detailed and accurately based on real scientific data.

Set the heavens in motion in an interactive orrery that allows you to control the orbits of the moons and planets, observing them from any viewpoint with breath-taking surface detail. View the latest imagery returned by both manned and robot spacecraft, beautifully presented on the iPad screen. Then double-tap any astronomical object to jump directly to its chapter in the interactive book.

Solar System for iPad is brought to you by Touch Press (creators of The Elements) and Faber & Faber (London’s greatest independent publisher). It raises the bar yet again on what an interactive book can be. A perfect gift for anyone with an iPad: Solar System allows the imagination to roam free from Mercury to Pluto and beyond.

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Awards:

Winner of the FutureBook Digital Innovation Prize (The Bookseller Industry Awards) – March 2011

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Reviews:

“There is so much to this application that I can only begin to the scratch the surface on its offerings. As with The Elements the content and presentation truly make learning fun and inspiring.”
- WIRED Magazine

“The new Solar System for iPad app is an amazing and extraordinarily attractive resource for amateur astronomers... an out-of-this-world digital book that is as informative as it is beautiful. It’s a stellar example for other reference app makers on how to best take advantage of the tablet medium.”
- USA Today, Marc Saltzman

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Features:

• Exclusive theme song by Björk
• More than 150 beautifully presented story pages
• Richly Illustrated with interactive diagrams, videos and 3D objects
• Over 40 rotatable and zoomable 3D astronomical objects
• Over 600 images from NASA, ESA and JAXA space missions
• Detailed captions including technical data
• Live astronomical information from Wolfram|Alpha®

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Languages:

English, German, Japanese

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About the author:

Leading science writer and former radio astronomer Marcus Chown is cosmology consultant to New Scientist magazine and the author of numerous books including The Quantum Zoo (known internationally as Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You).

iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • November 23, 2012 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $9.99
  • November 27, 2012 Price increase: $9.99 -> $13.99
  • December 15, 2012 New version 1.1.0
  • December 20, 2012 New version 1.1.1
  • October 05, 2013 New version 1.1.2
  • October 30, 2013 New version 1.1.3
  • November 30, 2013 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $8.99
  • December 01, 2013 Price increase: $8.99 -> $13.99
  • December 21, 2013 New version 1.1.4
  • April 18, 2014 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $4.99
  • April 22, 2014 Price increase: $4.99 -> $13.99
  • September 26, 2014 New version 1.1.5
  • January 01, 2015 New version 1.1.6
  • February 11, 2015 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $12.99
  • March 11, 2015 Price increase: $12.99 -> $13.99
  • July 25, 2015 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $2.99
  • August 02, 2015 Price increase: $2.99 -> $13.99
  • November 28, 2015 Price decrease: $13.99 -> $2.99
  • December 01, 2015 Price increase: $2.99 -> $13.99
  • November 06, 2016 New version 1.1.7