A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … OK, what I’m about to feature is not actually that long ago and it’s not that far away either.

Just hours ago and just within the galaxy that is the App Store, Solar Walk has been upgraded to version 2.0.

Hands down one of the most stunning creations for the iPad, Solar Walk is an app that puts a 3-D animated model of the entire solar system in your hands.

Released a couple of years ago, Solar Walk continues to amaze with its wealth of astronomical wonders. And now, it’s been improved further with a number of welcome enhancements.

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Along with better-looking graphics that look truly awesome on the iPad’s Retina display, the following are introduced in Solar Walk 2.0:

  • Added “weight” to planets
  • New info with more images from ESA and ESO
  • Amazing internal structure of planets
  • New objects: asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets

Moreover, Solar Walk 2.0 adds a new multi-touch gesture for viewing objects from various angles. By swiping with two fingers, you can move a selected object off its usual central position and see it from a different and potentially more interesting perspective.

In addition, you can now browse a list of preset bookmarks that, as the team behind Solar Walk puts it, “serve as guided tours through the wonders of galactic phenomena.” The list includes customizable views of the sunrise and sunset from the International Space Station, Saturn, and other planets.

Solar Walk 2.0 is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new download discounted for the back-to-school season at only $0.99.