With the sun getting all the limelight with the total solar eclipse and all, it is now time to focus on the moon. When you look at the moon with the right telescope, you can see the wild topography. But, if you are not an avid fan of squinting your eyes to look into the eyepiece of the telescope while fighting off the insect bites, and taking breaks to use ared filtered flashlight as a reference guide, then viewing from a telescope isnâ€™t an ideal option. So, what to do?
Well, for instance, you can go ahead and buy a 3D printed moonlet from the AstroReality to basically experience the moon in your palms. AstroReality is a company which is based in San Francisco which also made an augmented reality application to work along with it.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All you would need to do is to focus the camera of the phone at the model Lunar and the labels move over the craters and the mares. They pop up and look realistic. It also gives you a feature to hold it outside in front of the sun and experience your own personal eclipse which would give you realistic look but not the feel.
The AR app is available for iOS and android platform which can be downloaded easily. You need to register your Lunar unit with the QR code provided for scanning purposes. As soon as the app manages to recognise your model, all the lunar features pop up along with the labels. All this is made in such a way that you can view each and every part of the moonâ€™s surface in detail and know more about it.
Apollo missions, craters, mares etc are all mentioned with videos too. Some of the lunar landmarks don’t come with annotations owing to scientific reasons but over the time, the app will keep on getting updated.
WHAT ARE LUNARS?
Lunars or the models come in three sizes which range from the size of the eyeball to the size of the brain. Made up of poly resin, these are weighty and feel like holding up a ball. The details on the model are very fine and impeccably remarkable. Lunars are made completely like the moon owing to the fact that these were created while using the topography data which was collected by the NASAâ€™s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The cost of the model ranges from $69 to $219, while the company offers various discounts on the pre-ordering and stuff. AstroReality also offers the miniature version of the entire solar system for educative purposes.