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Journey to the Exoplanets iPad app (preview)

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Published on Sep 21, 2011

Explore the mysterious planets outside our Solar System in this new immersive iPad app from Scientific American and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Journey to the Exoplanets is a groundbreaking hands-on introduction to the distant planets that continue to be discovered outside our Solar System. This app lets you:

- VIEW OVER ONE HUNDRED STUNNING IMAGES: All the incredible artwork of renowned, Hugo-award-winning illustrator Ron Miller

- VISIT THE SURFACES OF EXOPLANETS: Use your iPad's accelerometer or gyroscope control to get a panoramic look around an exoplanet's surface, as if you are really there.

- PLANET BUILDER: Create your own exoplanet with the 3D Planet Builder feature.

- FILTERING STARLIGHT: See how different types of stars change the appearance of plants on exoplanets with the Filtering Starlight feature.

- STARS IN 3D: Interact with the 3D Star feature, which shows twenty stars within fourteen light years from the Sun.

- PINCH AND ZOOM: Zoom in on the planets in the Exoplanets Gallery.

- AUDIO TOUR GUIDE: Listen to commentary from astrobiologist Caleb A. Scharf as you interact with the images in the Exoplanets Gallery.

- GUIDED TOUR: Learn all about exoplanets with Scientific American Contributing Art Director Edward Bell.

- TIMELINE: Take a journey through the multi-touch timeline of key discoveries in the history of astronomy.

- SIZE CHART: Compare and contrast the size of different exoplanets in the Planet Size Chart.

- LITTLE SCIENTIST: Try out basic astronomy experiments.

- EXPERT VIEWS: Read essays and a Q&A from planetary experts including Lawrence Krauss, Jim Kasting, Sara Seager, and Scientific American's John Matson

- READ A FOREWORD AND WATCH A VIDEO INTRO: From Scientific American Editor-in-Chief, Mariette DiChristina.

- AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

Journey to the Exoplanets provides science buffs, space art enthusiasts, backyard astronomers, and young adults, with an extraordinarily rich experience. Until we figure out teleportation and hyperdrive, Journey to the Exoplanets is the next best thing to being there.

- Primary text by Edward Bell
- Art by Hugo Award-winning illustrator Ron Miller
- Foreword and video introduction by Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief of Scientific American

Available on iTunes and the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/journe...

For more information, visit: http://www.the-exoplanets.com/

Follow us at: http://twitter.com/theexoplanets

Copyright: © 2011 Scientific American

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