Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fw: Astronomy Apps for Phones & Tablets

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:39 PM
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Annotated Listing of Astronomy Apps for Phones & Tablets
Published in Astronomy Education Review

Just in time for the holidays, an annotated overview of 98 astronomy applications for smart phones and tablets has been published in the on-line journal "Astronomy Education Review."  Compiled by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College), the list features a brief description and a direct URL for each app.

You can access the article free of charge at:

The listing includes a variety of apps for displaying and explaining the sky above you (some using the GPS function in your device); a series of astronomical clocks, calculators, and calendars; sky catalogs and observing planners; planet atlases and globes; citizens science tools and image displays; a directory of astronomy clubs in the U.S.; and even a graphic simulator for making galaxies collide. A number of the apps are free, and others cost just a dollar or two. A brief list of articles featuring astronomy app reviews is also included.

Astronomy Education Review is on-line journal about astronomy education and outreach -- published by the American Astronomical Society -- which celebrated its 10th anniversary this fall.  You can find it at

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