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November 14, 2011

Thanks to Technology, it's easier to locate Meteor Showers

With the apps "Meteor Shower Guide" for Apple and "Meteor Shower Calendar" for Android, anyone with a smartphone will be able to locate and watch meteor showers. The app is free for Android and $1 for Apple. Furthermore, this time of year is a great time to view such showers, because the nights are clearer and it's not too cold outside. If you're more interested in viewing the stars, check out "Google Sky Map" and "StarkWalk." Google Sky Map is free on Android. So if you want to impress your friends, now's the time to pick up your iPhone or Droid and purchase these apps; technology is making it easier for us to study the sky.

Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/technology/personaltech/watching-stars-fall-cellphone-in-hand.html?_r=1&ref=astronomyandastrophysics

Posted by mhymes at November 14, 2011 09:56 PM

Comments

This is a very cool application that will let simpler people see what astronomers see. I actually used a similar app in trying to locate an iridium flare.

Posted by: dhurvitz at November 15, 2011 12:36 AM

If there is an app to locate meteor showers, when will Apple or Verizon come out with an app to detect other features of the solar system such as life on Mars or the location of new dwarf planets? With the technology we can access today, activity once thought to be nothing more than science fiction could actually become a reality in the near future.

Posted by: djcarl at November 18, 2011 08:03 PM

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