Exoplanet: Hanno Rein's Incredible Astronomy App
If you're looking to download a new app for your phone or ipad, by all means, let it be 'Exoplanet'. The name says it all— 'Exoplanet' is an app about all of the marvels of exoplanets and exoplanet detection.
'Exoplanet' was developed by Hanno Rein, an astrophysicist, to help other astrophysicists and ~astrophiles~ deal with the plethora of detected exoplanet data that's out there. It's an incredibly useful app for scientists and it's a must for anyone interested in the cosmos. The app combines a stunning interactive visual experience of the universe, an up-to-date database of all detected extrasolar planets, a space for daily astronomy news, and a set of clear background-information pages explaining the physics behind exoplanets and the various methods used to detect them.
For a cosmologist's seal of approval, we consulted Tom Giblin, an advocate of the app and a professor at Kenyon College, and asked him why 'Exoplanet' is such an indispensable tool in his life. Giblin responded "The app allows anyone up-to-date access to all of the details on all of the planets in the Galaxy discovered to date. What's more, it allows you to sort this data by detection method, size of planet, star type, or a myriad of other criteria so that you can really visualize this complex data any way you want."
Giblin likes the filter system as a professor and as a physicist, but we like it just as much as astrophiles. The system allows the app to function coherently for all kinds of purposes and functions. For example, if you only want to deal with data from NASA's Kepler discoveries, or planets in P-type binary systems, you can filter everything else out to create a clear-cut perpective on the data that surrounds it. You can also simply type in any given planet that has been detected to pin-point essential facts about it. We typed in Kepler-186f and this is what we got.
But you really don't have to be a physicist or an exoplanet connoisseur to enjoy the many features of this app. You will find that Exoplanet is sleek, surprisingly user-friendly, and packed with all kinds of sciency fun. And by the way, it's free! So go ahead and download it now so you can begin your voyage through the galaxy. Happy adventuring!