A recent update to Sky Guide boosts your superhuman powers to let you see in different wavelengths, from x-ray to microwave.
The above pic shows you three different iPhone screens; The first shows the sky with a hydrogen alpha filter (exclusive photography by Fifth Star Labs own Nick Risinger); the third shows the sky in x-ray wavelength; and the middle one displays both at the same time via the loupe.
Further wavelengths showing the visible, infrared and microwave spectrums.
The example images are displaying the same patch of sky for comparison, and each wavelength covers the whole sky and can be rotated and swiped as normal. Note how they gives us different information, building up a fuller picture than any one spectrum.
1 In the top right example, the spectrum is set to X-Ray; tap-hold the display to bring up the loupe (middle image).
2 Rotate the loupe’s nib to switch between spectrums. Here we’ve settled on hydrogen alpha.
3 You can change the size of the loupe by dragging its edge.
4 Tap away from the loupe to dismiss it, or in this case, expand with a smooth swipe to make it fullscreen.
5 Tap the ‘i’ button for an article about the current wavelength.
6 To get back to the more usual visible spectrum, tap-hold to bring up another loupe and switch it to ‘visible’.
Sky Guide is the new star gazing app from Nick Risinger and Chris Laurel, with music by High Skies.
Nick has been featured in Wired and on BBC Horizon as he travelled the globe taking 37,000 photographs of the night sky for this app. Point your iPad or iPhone at the sky. day or night, and it will align itself automatically showing you the perfect sky through an expensive lens and without light pollution.
Click on a star or planet and you will be able to hear it. The hotter the star, the higher the pitch; the larger the star, the louder the volume. You will be able to ‘play the stars’. All music and sounds created by High Skies using an ARP Odyssey and ARP Solina; the astronomically long reverb was created by convoluting lengthy lightning recordings.
Click on any star, planet, galaxy, nebula or constellation and there are hundreds of cross-linked articles and images, with interesting facts and mythologies.
Osmos 2 has been released for iOS and is a free update.
Introducing multiplayer and iPad retina support.
And for this weekend you can play against the devs (until our batteries run out). I’ll add all the Game Center names here as things progress.
I am = OsmosDev_Mat
Dave Burke = OsmosDev_Dave
Andy Nealen = OsmosDev_Andy
Play against your friends (and enemies), locally (via wi-fi or Bluetooth), or over the Internet (random or invitations)!
Osmos is just like real life; you float around absorbing biophobes, trying to avoid getting pulled into a giant sun; and just like real life, some tips on sub-nuclear physics and orbital mechanics would probably come in very handy. These tips will help you progress from being wonderfully average, to a little better than average.
NEWTON’S LAW OF FREE ENERGY One of the best ways to increase your mass and vector in Osmos is to point yourself at a wall and charge.
The (added) arrows show the direction of your path.
On the above image, your ‘mass’ is expelled behind you (lined up under the red arrows) and will increasingly travel in your direction as you gather speed, following you, so that as you are slowed down by Newton’s First Law (by absorbing motes unfortunate enough to be smaller than you), the same motes you expelled earlier will catch you up and be reabsorbed back into your well-fed self. So now you have plumpness with matching residual motion for free, where you can continue on, absorbing motes in your path.
Create gorgeous wallpapers with the swish of a finger.
Original music and sound by Mat Jarvis (High Skies)
All music and sound was performed on Jupiter 6 and ARP Odyssey, and features a brand new High Skies track. Compatible with all iPads, iOS v4.0 or later.
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