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Confused about the current moon phase? Want to know how the moon would look like, now at noon? Moonlight to the rescue for the amateur werewolf, the interested hobby astronomer or, really, everybody!Moonlight features a photorealistic display using OpenGL rendering technique that paints the moon's current appearance including all variations in distance, equatorial ecliptic angle and moon libration.The application uses an accurate astronomical model of the solar system using the JPL (NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories) ephemeris data for dates between the years 2000 and 2020 to insure correct astronomy data.The program takes the observer's (that is you) current position and time into account for exact rendering of images. Alternatively, you can enter your own coordinates and view the moon from anywhere in the world.Go into time warp mode and accelerate time: Fast forward or rewind to see how the moon changes over time.Moonlight not only displays a pretty 3D image but also shows various essential data points: moon phase, distance between earth and moon, julian date or local sideral time.
What's new in this version:
- Added gesture support for timelapse mode and panel switching.- Added "percentage illumination" to info panel.- Performance enhancements when date picker is active.- Improved iPad layout for panels and solar system overview.