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Starmap Releases Free Regional Star Maps(January 18, 2012)
Grenoble, FR (PRWEB) January 18, 2012
Starmap, the popular iTunes astronomy app, is releasing individual star maps for whole regions of the sky. Users can visit the Starmap website to download their own regions star map. One can create a customized PDF of their night sky by selecting their hemisphere, desired time of night, and what mode theyd like their map to be shown in (full color, printable, or night vision).
Frederic Descamps, astronomer and creator of Starmap, says, These maps are an educational tool, helpful to the casual star-gazer--theyre also great for convincing a date that youre an astronomer.
The map is automatically generated for the evening on which the map is requested. These maps illuminate not just constellations, but planets, moon phases and other objects visible with the naked eye. There is also an accompanying list of objects visible with binoculars and small telescopes, as well as larger telescopes for the more series observer.
The versatility of this program makes it accessible to everyone, says Descamps, Its great for families and couples, but also for students or the casual star-gazer.
Founded in 2008, Starmap mobile application is the first handheld interactive planetarium app that lets you view the galaxy with realistic maps and detailed factual information. The original astronomy app, Starmap was featured on the home page of iTunes the first day iTunes was opened. Starmap, Starmap Pro, and Spacemap have all been a featured app on iTunes multiple times.
The iPhone 3GS compass lets you point your device in any direction, and Starmap will pinpoint the exact portion of the sky like a virtual telescope. Hold the device in your line of vision and discover the map smoothly scanning the sky as you move. Use the touchscreen to zoom in or out, tap stars, planets and other objects in the sky for detailed specifications.
Starmap currently offers four different applications: Starmap Standard, Starmap Pro, Starmap HD, and Spacemap. These highly successful apps have been praised by a number of publications and review sites including iLounge.com and Sky and Telescope magazine. The Starmap apps are available on the iPhone, iPhone Touch, and Starmap HD and Spacemap are available on the iPad. For more information, please visit http://albireoplanetarium.com/ or download the Starmap app from iTunes.
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