No matter how big, successful or important we may, or may not, become in our lives we are all just tiny ants in a vast Cosmos. It’s humbling and useful to remember when you’re having a bad Monday or a terrific Tuesday that we’re each just one of 7.5 billion people hurtling around the Sun. That circuit of the Sun, of course, has fascinated humankind for thousands of years, provoking ancient British Iron Age people to build Stonehenge and Egyptian pharaohs to worship it as the deity Ra. In the English language we even have a day of the week named after it.
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Our whole wide world in the palm of your hand
So with this solar preoccupation it’s perhaps no surprise that there is a striking mobile app from Belgian developer MICRI Consult based in Oostende which helps us to visualize the Earth, its position in space relative to the Sun and how the shadow of night glides across our globe’s surface. It’s at once both a terrific teaching aid for children and adults alike, a useful reference for the physics and astronomical data involved and a beguilingly addictive game too. That’s a pretty clever trick to pull off in a mobile app!
How is this native Android app produced?
Written in the richly powerful cross-platform FireMonkey FMX framework using RAD Studio Delphi, the Earth Positions app really helps us picture anything we could ever want or need to know about the relationship between the Sun and our blue planet home. Learning is made more fun through clever use of educational games and smooth, rich video animations to engage little learners and the bigger ones too!
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What does the Earth Positions app do?
The app has three main feature animations
- The Geographical game, where you have to guess a location on a 3D-earth, which rotates and tumbles to display that location in the middle. This game contains 4 levels (beginner, skillful, advanced and expert), 5 continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania) and 5 groups (capitals, large cities, airports, towns and other). Users can get up to 3 hints and depending on the level, you may have to choose between 3, 6, 9 or 12 possibilities. It contains more than 3000 locations, of which 243 capitals and 108 large cities.
- Day and night, showing the shape of the night over the earth for any given date and time. It also shows the time at different earth positions and the city lights of the capitals and large cities at night. At the start, the animation shows the current day, but you can select any date to observe how shape of the night changes during the seasons, e.g. March 21, June 21, September 21 and December 21.
- The earth orbiting around the sun, showing the actual date for each position, the seasons and the special orbit positions of the earth. You can also select any date to indicate it on the orbit.
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