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Cosmic-Watch

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Take control of time and see how the flowing patterns of the stars, the solar system and our planet play out in space. 

Teacher Review

Our blue planet is the centrepiece for this simulation app that gives you full reign of time. Zip forward to any date in the future and observe the position of Earth hanging in space among its celestial neighbours. Or rewind the clock to move back in time to see all that has changed in our night sky.
 
It’s obvious there is more to Comic-watch than simply telling us what time it is, however it is worth mentioning this very feature because of the scope that has been included. Playing about with the settings you’ll soon find that your location on Earth can be pinpointed with the current season, date and time using both a clock face and a digital watch display. This is all beautifully presented with 3D high-resolution graphics of the Earth with the stars and the Milky Way as a backdrop. Of course it’s more fun to start discovering what time it is on the other side of the world so by typing into the search function thousands of different locations can be visited instantly.
 
The world clock mode is one of four main ways to view our planet; the other three are astronomy, astrology and the solar system. In astronomy mode the stars and major constellations can be discovered, in astrology mode discover the meaning of the ancient symbols of the zodiac and in the solar system mode retreat away from our Earth to witness our place along side the other planets.
 
No matter what mode you are in you can always access the time-travel feature. Any date can be selected, future or present, or use this feature to speed up time and watch the movement of the celestial bodies in fast-forward. Watching our planet twist and spin allows us to recognise the mechanics of how daytime, night and seasons exist. In the solar system mode you can investigate how and why different planets orbit faster or slower around our Sun compared to our planet Earth. The geocentric view gives a wonderful illustration of why the path of the other planets is a retrograde motion as seen our perspective. As you fly through space and time a counter will keep you aware of the number of days that have passed from the present day. 
 
Tapping on the settings icon reveals even more additions to each of the modes including guides or reference points for Earth, different Earth globes, options for the night sky and further information that will link to the well resourced app website by the developer. Subtly on the right-hand side of the screen there is a red button that will take a screen shot and prompt a share feature on your device.
 
Simulation apps for teaching and learning can be a very powerful tool especially when classrooms lack specialist equipment or resources. A high quality simulation app will always give students the freedom to explore and discover without limits. Cosmic-watch delivers on this and its stunning visuals provide imagination and inspiration to go looking for more.

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From the Developer

Discover the fascinating relation between time and the cosmos. Enjoy this interactive learning tool and understand the concept of the celestial sphere and the apparent movement of the sky.

COSMIC WATCH is the worlds first and most advanced interactive 3D astronomical time device in the digital age!

Featuring:
Realtime world clock: Know the local time anywhere on Earth with just one touch.
Time travel: Explore any planetary positions in the past, present and future. Determine the exact time of sunrise or sunset with the horizon.
Navigation: Align the Cosmic Watch with the cardinal points and experience your realtime position in the cosmos. Find the planets in the sky!
Orientation: With the equatorial coordinates you can adjust your telescope.
Digital orrery: Discover the solar system from a geocentric point of view.
Interactive astral chart: To find out your ascendant and planets in retrograde has never been easier and more beautiful.
Solar eclipse detector: Be aware when this epic moments will happen.

COSMIC WATCH combines the ancient disciplines of astrology, astronomy and time keeping.

COSMIC WATCH is an advanced time device and a symbol for our times. It elevates the observer's consciousness about our harmonious existence in the cosmos.

And it’s made in Switzerland!


(This App is currently only available in English)
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** Compatiblity:
Recommended: iPhone 4 or higher, iPad 3 or higher
Required: iPhone 3GS, iPad 3, iPod Touch 5
IMPORTANT: Not Compatible with iPod Touch 4 and older

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