High detail planet models introduced by astronomy App Luminos
April 15, 2017
Wobbleworks LLC has released Luminos 9.2, a free feature update to the award-winning astronomy app for iOS devices and Apple Watch. The Luminos app now includes one hundred megapixel renderings of the Earth and the Moon, with high detail bump mapping to emphasize geographic features. The app has also been augmented with new navigation controls, support for the Astro-Physics GTOCP4 mounts, and accurate models of the totality paths for solar eclipses.
Luminos customers will see a noticeable difference when orbiting Earth or the Moon in the new version of the app, as both bodies have been upgraded to 100 megapixel textures. These new visuals reveal much more detail in the structure and surface features of the two most prominent celestial bodies. The new visuals have been created from the work of satellites and spacecraft such as NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
In addition, the Luminos simulation of the Sun has been enhanced with images from the NASA STEREO and SDO missions, making the Sun more striking and realistic than in previous app versions. Similarly, the Milky Way has been re-sampled for greater background detail.
Luminos is the recent recipient of a 2015 PC Magazine Editor's Choice award. Previous versions of Luminos added the largest star catalog available on mobile, the most comprehensive built-in deep space image library, live sky charts for Apple Watch, and 3D meteor shower simulations.
Luminos requires iOS 9.3 or later. It is available on App Store for 24.99$
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