First of all you have to know about the Mars24 application, what is it? It is a Java based gesture which displays a Mars sunclock, a geographical of the planet Mars showing its current sun-rise and nightsides, along with a numerical readout of time in 24-hours format. While the Apple itself centered of attention for most of the last few weeks due to the imminent announcement and launch of its next-generation iPhone. Those guys are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and have taken it upon themselves to thwart the hype around the new iPhone by blasting the Curiosity Rover onto the red planet to send images back to earth that document its findings.
I am one of those million people who are eager to know what’s going on around the planet, watching on the utter amazement as Curiosity sends back its staggering imagery from Mars so that you and us can learn as much as about the mysterious red planet. For your perfection, the makers of the Mars24 Sunclock application have produced the next best thing with their Java-based app which shows the local time on Mars as well as other impressive things.
Mars24 Sunclock is a java application and most wanted app now available for Windows, OS X and Linux all around, it is also a piece of software that will amaze those space fans out there who are keen to see what’s happening above and beyond the universe. When installed the app is presented in a double window-based interface that shows the local time on earth as well as Mars time in various parts of the planet.
But a catche here, that most Mountain Lion machines don’t have a Java virtual machine installed and you’ll need to have OS X install one before you can run the app. There’s also a security concern — getting the app to run at this time requires you to “allow applications downloaded from anywhere”, since this is an unsigned app and Gatekeeper throws a hissy fit when you try to run it.
The second and larger of the two windowed interfaces, is displayed a rather gorgeous looking sunclock that displays parts of the red llanet’s surface that is covered by shadows as well as sunlight. The sunclock is a graphical representation of the actual planet, a solar system view showing where the various planets are in their orbits around the Sun, a local panorama from the Opportunity rover’s current location, or an analemma.
Most interested thing is the sunclock display also shows the spot of the Mars surface that is directly under the sun or Earth and a panorama display lets you flight controllers figure out when and where the sun is going to rise and set from the view point of rover. Additional displays on the app include the ability to see a plot showing the relative orbital positions of Mars and Earth, something that is amazing to witness on the screen in front of you.
Want to try it right now – you can install Mars24 Sunclock and enjoy the feeling of being a Curiosity flight controller. Head on over to the official NASA download page to grab the Mars24 Sunclock app. Thanks to TAUW for this great utility!