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    Re: Learn the stars, by phone
    From: Ken Muldrew
    Date: 2009 May 22, 10:42 -0600

    On 22 May 2009 at 9:19, frankreed{at}HistoricalAtlas.com wrote:
    
    > So what sort of applications could we create to achieve this goal?
    > Assuming that phones with pointing capabilities like this are just around
    > the corner (a year or two), what sort of star identification software
    > would help to "inspire" interest in celestial navigation?
    
    If you want them to remember a few of the stars then some sort of mnemonic
    illustration would be valuable (e.g. Big Dipper "pointer" stars, arc to
    Arcturus, spike to Spica, that sort of thing). But maybe these devices
    will make that knowledge useless (just as nobody with a calculator really
    needs to know how to do arithmetic).
    
    Star distances in light years is often interesting to people (e.g. "the
    light that you see coming from Mizar started travelling when your
    grandfather was born").
    
    3-D rotations of constellations can be eye-opening, as can pictures of the
    sky far into the future (or past).
    
    Finding Venus during twilight is fun, but maybe a cell-phone app will make
    it like playing tennis with the net down.
    
    Ken Muldrew.
    
    
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