Solar System Explorer HD FAQ
- How do you manage to fit an entire solar system onto a screen? Solar systems are unbelievably huge. To fit our solar system on tiny screen while keeping everything as accurate as possible, logarithms are used to adjust the size of everything. This spreads out the planets that are close to our Sun, while packing the distant ones together. If you would like to read more about how hard it is to squeeze a solar system onto a tiny screen, then see this post.
- Pluto isn’t a planet, why is it included? This app is intended to show all the objects in our solar system that are over 200KM in radius. At that size a body has sufficient gravity to form a spherical shape. Objects below that size are selected based on how interesting they are, such as Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos.
- Why do you sometimes refer to Solar System Explorer as Solar Explorer? Google is continually messing with the search algorithms in Google Play. Quite often they break it. Users probably wouldn’t notice, but developers sure do. After a particularly big mistake by Google, it became impossible to find the app using the original “Solar Explorer” name. I discovered that it would show up if I added the word “System” into the name. Since then I’ve generally used the long name, but occasionally use the short name for brevity.
- Why aren’t pictures of the planets included? I occasionally get requests for pictures of the planets to be included. If I were to add photos, then they would have to be added in HD resolution to support large screen devices. This would would cause the size of the app to bloat enormously, which would affect everyone. There’s also a size restriction in many market places which would force me to de-list the app if I made it too large.
- Why doesn’t Solar Explorer do…? Got an idea? Feel free to contact me below or visit the feedback page.
- I’ve found a bug! There’s thousands of devices that run Android and nobody on the planet has one of each to test their apps with. If you report it to me, there’s a chance I can fix it and you’ll get a better app in return.