Moon Map Apps
Have you ever wanted to get a really good look at the moon? Well, we have found some Google Earth-like apps for the moon! We compare our favorites in this AppGuide.
Moon Globe HD
Moon Globe HD is, well, fantastic. This universal app has already been optimized for the iPad 2. We love that the developer actually recommends the free version over the paid version for most of its users! The description clearly says that unless you are a moon fanatic that needs the ultrahigh resolution included in the HD version, that you should download the free version instead. So, if you are someone that craves really great-looking moon images, then grab the HD version. There is a really cool feature that lets you view the moon as it looks from your location. You can also browse the moon’s globe as you would in Google Earth. Moon Globe and Moon Globe HD are the essential moon map apps.
You’ll find most of the same features at Moon Globe HD here. The app is ad-free and runs universally on iPads and iPhones. The only difference here is that the rendering times and image quality are a bit less than you’ll find in the HD version. Moon Globe is an essential app, and this version is absolutely free.
Moon Atlas is the best alternative to the essential apps. The price is what really sets this app back. This universal app costs $5.99, which is not terrible, but not the low cost of $0.99 that many other quality apps are set at. We love that you get both an atlas and a globe within this app. There are over 1,800 landmarks including 26 spacecraft landings. This is a great app that moon fanatics should consider.
Moon Map Pro
Moon Map Pro is a very good alternative to Moon Globe and Moon Globe HD. This app is iPhone only and will run on the iPad in 2x mode. The app includes tons of different moon landmarks and includes some handy calculations such as libration, terminator, illumination, right ascension, and declination. This is a quality app that may be worth your buck.
Moon Map is an okay free option. There is a wonderful map included and it does include some landmarks, but only around 650 of them. We would love to see an iPad native version of this app in the future. A nice app that is completely free and worth a look.