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STEREO application for Android phones, 3D views of Earth's aurora and the ultraviolet Sun
Tom O'Reilly
post May 6 2010, 05:13 AM
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I've just released a free application called "Solaris" for Android phones. Solaris enables 3D "live" interactive astronomy of Earth's aurora, extreme ultraviolet solar flares and sun spots - downloaded from space and retrieved to your phone. Uses NASA STEREO and NOAA polar orbiter spacecraft data. Phone vibrates when geomagnetic storm level increases.
Android 1.6+ required. You can freely download Solaris from the Android Market.

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djxatlanta
post May 7 2010, 04:11 PM
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Good job -- love it! A pinch-to-zoom feature for both the Earth and Sun would be a great addition for version 2.
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post May 7 2010, 06:53 PM
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Very nifty -- one more cool thing to show-off to my friends with iPhones smile.gif
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Tom O'Reilly
post May 23 2010, 04:32 AM
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QUOTE (algorimancer @ May 7 2010, 10:53 AM) *
Very nifty -- one more cool thing to show-off to my friends with iPhones smile.gif


QUOTE (djxatlanta @ May 7 2010, 09:11 AM) *
Good job -- love it! A pinch-to-zoom feature for both the Earth and Sun would be a great addition for version 2.


Thanks very much for your feedback guys. Pinch-zoom is a recent addition to Android, and there are still a lot of phones out there that do not support it - but that is changing, and I hope to implement it soon. I'd also like the app to automatically annotate the STEREO images with the location of solar flares, filaments, sun spots, etc. Can anyone recommend a good website with feature annotations, including feature coordinates? This site looks promising:
http://sdowww.lmsal.com/suntoday.html?sunt...date=2010-05-22 I've also had a few requests to integrate SDO data into the app somehow.

In the meantime I've just released Solaris v 1.8 - new features include a real-time sunlight/clouds aurora basemap, and vibrational notification when the aurora may be overhead at your location (based on power-flux at your GPS location).

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post May 23 2010, 06:54 PM
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QUOTE (Tom O'Reilly @ May 23 2010, 06:32 AM) *
... and vibrational notification when the aurora may be overhead at your location (based on power-flux at your GPS location).


Now that's a cool feature! Can't wait to test your little app on my next trip to Norway ;-).


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Tom O'Reilly
post May 23 2010, 07:23 PM
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QUOTE (Dominik @ May 23 2010, 10:54 AM) *
Now that's a cool feature! Can't wait to test your little app on my next trip to Norway ;-).

Alas, that feature to remain forever silent here in central California!
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