Not every Mac user has a need to explore the Moon, but if you do, Moon Atlas is the app to use. This is an astronomy app which lets you explore a 3D-like globe of the Moon’s surface. Click to navigate around the Moon, click to zoom in to view the details.
Moon Over Chicago
What you get with Moon Atlas is better than a static map image. Moon Atlas displays the Moon from a specific location but renders the Moon’s image as a globe, including an option to spin the Moon to view other sections.
The Moon itself is well mapped so the app comes with a database which can be searched, including another option for date, time, and surface location. To try it is to like it.
The current phase of the Moon can also be switched off so you can see any section; even the far side of the moon is visible. The realtime mode updates to the current time so what you see on your Mac’s screen will equate to what you see in the sky from your current location.
How cool is that?
The Moon’s globe can be viewed with north or south at the top, or completely inverted to match a telescope view. The Moon itself, and Moon Atlas, has over 1,800 named features in the database, and you’ll see where the 26 spacecraft that have reached the moon are located.
But no close ups of the crash sites.
Anyone with a desire to see more detail of the Moon will appreciate Moon Atlas. It’s simple to use, very detailed, and priced modestly. That’s the only issue. The current price tag is a few dollars more than my personal threshold for throwaway money ($3.99) and there’s no try-before-you-buy option).