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Resource Guide

Astronomy Apps for Mobile Devices

Target Audience:

  • Faculty / Instructors
  • K-12 Teachers
  • Undergraduates
  • Other (Amateur astronomers, the public)

Brief description of the resource guide and its strengths:

This annotated overview of 98 astronomy applications for smart phones and tablets features a brief description and a direct URL for each app.  

URL

http://aer.aas.org/resource/1/aerscz/v10/i1/p010302_s1?view=fulltext

Description

This annotated overview of 98 astronomy applications for smart phones and tablets was 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.  

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. 

The PDF version can be found at: http://scitation.aip.org/getpdf/servlet/GetPDFServlet?filetype=pdf&id=AERSCZ000010000001010302000001&idtype=cvips&doi=10.3847/AER2011036&prog=normal 

Astronomy Education Review is an on-line journal about astronomy education and outreach -- published by the American Astronomical Society.

Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.12947/hecl.emdb.269

Submitted By:

First Name:Andrew
Last Name:Fraknoi
Institution:Foothill College
Website:http://www.foothill.edu/ast/fraknoi.php
Date:01/27/2013