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Life and Universe

New app allows iPad users to click personal photos of space objects
ANI
Washington, June 17, 2013
First Published: 17:46 IST(17/6/2013)
Last Updated: 17:49 IST(17/6/2013)
Remnants from a star that exploded thousands of years ago and created a celestial abstract portrait, as captured in this NASA Hubble space telescope image of the Pencil Nebula. Officially known as NGC 2736, the Pencil Nebula is part of the huge Vela supernova remnant, located in the southern constellation Vela. Reuters/File

A new iPad app has been developed, which allows people to click telescope images of celestial objects from the comfort of their couch.

The app created by the online Slooh Space Camera allows people to command and control their robotic network of space cameras, Fox News reported.

Slooh’s professional telescopes click an image of the celestial object and provide user with a time, date and observatory-stamped photo that will be loaded into the digital skywatcher’s personal app.

Slooh president Patrick Paolucci said in a statement that it starts out blank until a Slooh Space Camera is commanded.

He said that the image taken is truly yours and not a picture that was clicked months or years earlier by some one else.

The app is free to download, but costs 1.99 dollars to command a mission; it also contains info about various celestial objects that they can investigate on the interactive sky chart.


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