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Explore the cosmos with this virtual planetarium



  Explore the Cosmos with this Virtual Planetarium

With the Cosmic Watch, a newly updated app, users can view Earth from space. In the app you can see everything from surrounding interstellar dust and gas to constellations.

Credit: The Cosmic Guard

A virtual planetarium could be a great tool to observe the longest total lunar eclipse of this century.

Tonight (July 27), Mars reaches opposition, meaning that the Red Planet will roughly align itself with Earth and Sun. In addition, the longest lunar eclipse of the 21

st century is taking place today. And in a few days, Mars will reach its closest approach to Earth since 2003. The Red Planet will be especially bright in the night sky. All in all, the next few days will be full of astronomical events and sights.

Whether you follow these events outdoors or online, the Cosmic Watch, a newly updated app, can help you track things and track happen in heaven. The Cosmic Watch is a simulation app that shows the earth and the sky in real time. Like a virtual planetarium, the app gives you the perspective of an astronaut watching our planet from outer space. It offers stunning, cosmic visuals; a calendar; an equatorial dial and more. You can even see things like interstellar gas and dust, as well as surrounding constellations and stars.

  The Cosmic Guard warns users of astronomical events such as eclipses. This would make him a great companion to those who want to observe the lunar eclipse this evening (July 27).

The Cosmic Guard alerts users to astronomical events such as eclipses. This would make it a great companion for those who want to observe the lunar eclipse tonight (July 27).

Credit: The Cosmic Guard

If you want to explore a bit more of the solar system, then check out the app's new "Solar System View", which lets you shift your perspective into the cosmos. This feature allows you to switch between a heliocentric view in which the sun is in the middle and a geocentric view in which the earth is in the middle.

You can only use the app as a regular clock, but as a cosmic clock, it can also inform you of impending astronomical events, such as lunar and solar eclipses, so it could be a helpful companion to those who want to watch the events of the next few days , The app also has a "Sky View" feature that lets you view the stars, constellations, and planets in real time as you point your device toward the sky. This does not mean that you can watch the eclipse on your phone, but it could help you figure out what surrounds these events in the sky.

Email Chelsea Gohd at cgohd@space.com [19659013] or follow her @chelsea_gohd . Follow us @Spacedotcom Facebook and Google+ . Original article on Space.com.


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