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Posted: Jan 17, 2013
Eclipse Calculator: a new application to simulate eclipses on your smartphone
(Nanowerk News) Which future eclipses will be visible from my location? How will they be like? How long will they last? These are some of the questions answered by the new application Eclipse Calculator, designed for Android mobiles by the researcher from the University of Barcelona Eduard Masana.
It is a new appealing tool for those who love astronomy; it is easy to use and it provides information about all solar and lunar eclipses or planetary transits from 1900 to 2100. The application, public and free, can be downloaded from the Google Play website (https://play.google.com/store). At first, it has been developed in Catalan, Spanish and English, but it is planned to translate it to other languages.
“We aim at promoting the interest in general sky observation and in these particular phenomena”, remarks Eduard Massana, researcher from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the UB.
The application makes possible to know the general circumstances of the phenomenon, including global visibility maps, as well as its local circumstances for any place in the world: beginning, end, duration, altitude of the Sun or Moon above the horizon, etc. It also allows to make simulations of the phenomenon from your observational point.
–Access to data of all solar and lunar eclipses and planetary transits between 1900 and 2100.
–Computation of general circumstances of the phenomenon, including global visibility maps.
–Computation of the local circumstances of the phenomenon for any place in the world (beginning, end, duration, altitude of the Sun or Moon above the horizon, ...)
–Simulation of the phenomenon from your observational point.