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Star & Planet Finder artworkStar & Planet Finder
Nir Alperovitch

Price: Free
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Planet Finder guides you to see stars and planets in the sky.

Simply choose a planet from the list, and move your device according to the pointer display, the pointer represents the planet.

Demo video: PlanetFinderApp.info

- Moving pointer display with camera view - guides you to the chosen planet
- Compass, GPS, accelerometer, camera and clock aware
- All 7 planets including Sun and Moon
- The 300 brightest stars for 0.99$ !
- All 88 constellations for 0.99$ !
- Moon phase display
- Planets information: description, mass, diameter, range
- Vibration and sound
- Great for astronomy fans

© Nir Alperovitch


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