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HarperCollins UK Launches “Wonders of the Universe” Astronomy App

Posted Mar 29, 2012
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App publishers Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins, has announced the launch of its "Wonders of the Universe" app for the iPad 2 and the New iPad. The app combines educational content from Professor Brian Cox's books Wonders of the Solar System and Universe books with the award-winning BBC TV series for an interactive learning experience that can be enjoyed by astronomy experts and novices alike.

Animated graphics and high-resolution images (optimized specifically for the New iPad) enable Wonders app users to discover a spectacular array of 3D marvels of the Universe, the announcement states, from the beauty of the lagoon nebula to the daunting vision of a black hole sucking down a hapless star.

Wonders of the Universe is designed for people with any level of understanding of astronomy, from casual explorers interested in the aesthetics to those looking for an educational experience. Users can travel with Professor Brian Cox on his personal tours through the 3D Universe, or jet off on a solo voyage of discovery through the planets of the Solar System to local stars and onwards through the Milky Way.

Wonders of the Universe takes full advantage of the extensive capabilities of the New iPad, using a powerful 3D engine capable of handling high-resolution textures and complex animations created exclusively for iOS5.

Key app features include:

-- Seven apps in one, all of which are linked 3D environments to explore: Subatomic, Atomic, Local Stars, Solar System, Milky Way, Galaxy and the Universe

-- High-resolution images optimized for New iPad screen resolution

-- Two-and-a-half hours of BBC video from Brian Cox's award-winning series

-- 210 full color articles that tell the story of the Universe and reveal its wonders

-- Hundreds of detailed, galactic photos

-- "Pinch" and scrolling capabilities to zoom and grasp the magnitude of the universe and our place within it

The full text from the Collins books Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe are also included in the publishing platform. A scrollable column of text introduces rich media elements -- video, image galleries and interactive graphics -- at appropriate moments in the narrative. Videos and images seamlessly expand as you glide through.

To download Wonders of the Universe for your iPad, visit The app is available for a promotional price of $6.99 for the first 3 weeks. An iPhone version will follow at a lower price point.

Source: HarperCollins,

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