What does the Swiss-made planetary clock do for you, besides throwing 3D-rendered stardust at your retinas? For starters, it has a real-time world clock to give you the local time anywhere on Earth by touching our home planet's surface. The time travel simulation lets you explore planetary positions in the past, present, and future; it can also help you specify the exact time of sunrise or sunset with the horizon. There's also a solar eclipse detector that will tip you off about this miracle of nature happening.
Using the app echoes Google Earth, in that you're presented with a 3D planetary model that you can freely rotate, pinch, zoom and generally monkey with. You can tap a geographical area to see what time is it in there, or pinch in and out to have a closer look at the gorgeous space visuals. There's a search function so you can quickly find your desired location and add it to a list of your favourite places. There's also the striking "constellation view", which maps the stars all over the globe and lets you trace their paths.
Cosmic Watch is all sorts of cool!With its dynamic 3D graphics and the way it juxtaposes the Solar System against the line of time, we think Cosmic Watch is all sorts of cool. Interacting with the app's various views and options is great fun for those fascinated by the mysteries of space, and it's hard to find any legitimate fault within it. Perhaps an update to the visual assets could work well to make those graphics more presentable on those exceedingly high resolution displays of ours, as some textures can get a little blurry on screens reaching 1080p and beyond.
Cosmic Watch costs $5, which shouldn't stop you from trying the app for as many as 2 hours, before you decide whether it's a keeper or not. It's also available on Android and iOS.