Bringing Space Down to Your iPhone

Bringing Space Down to Your iPhone
The iAPODViewer application for the Apple iPhone lets you put NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day on your mobile screen, such as this Jupiter image.
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Boredof checking that stripped-down version of Facebook? Try space instead. NASAwill phone home daily views of the infinite cosmos, as long as you're sportinga shiny new Apple iPhone and a neat new software application.

Eagerstar-gazers can download the iAPODViewer, developed by the London-basedsoftware company Send Me to Space, and receive pictures directly from NASA'sAstronomy Pictureof the Day Web site. A professional astronomer's description accompanieseach picture.

"TheiAPOD application allows people to get a unique glimpse of our fascinatinguniverse directly on their mobile phone," said Michael Kaye, a leadiAPODViewer developer.

Kayesaid that the company hopes the new app will "encourage a whole newgeneration of space enthusiasts" who want to gawk at space images on themove. That almost goes unsaid for astronomy students and space enthusiasts whodon't mind shelling out a little over $2 at the Apple iTunes Store

iPhoneusers can take advantage of a keyword search function to uncover every Pictureof the Day ever published, as well as save their favoritepictures. Shaking the iPhone or iPod Touch produces a random image eachtime.

Thesoftware is also compatible with iPhone Safari, but specifically designed fromthe streamlined interface of an iPhone, designers said.

Thenew Apple app joins a growing number of astronomy-centered software fornetizens, including Microsoft's free online WorldWideTelescope which allows users to zip through a virtual night sky.

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