May 2020 – WinStars 3

About the Android version

You’re still in containment due to the coronavirus and you don’t know what to do with your days? Test the Android version of WinStars!

I need your help to understand the problems that some users may encounter. So please install the program from Google Play and run it for a few minutes. Then just use the “send a report” function in the main menu to let me collect precious information about this unforgettable experience between your terminal and W3.

If you are very brave, you can also send me your comments and suggestions (what should be changed, added or deleted?). This will help me to propose in the future a version more adapted to the needs of the users.

To reward you for your efforts, five brave beta testers (drawn at random) will receive a free user license to use the full version of WinStars on Windows.

And if you like WinStars and want to support me, please leave a positive comment on the Google Play page of the program.

Thank you for your participation!

Geological map of the Moon

The USGS, the United States Geological Survey, has just published the first geological map of the entire surface of the Moon.

Called “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon”, this highly detailed map could be used for future manned lunar missions. It is based on information collected from the Jaxa’s Kaguya (Selene) probe and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter‘s camera. The map also uses data collected during the various Apollo missions. A publication details the methodology that made this possible.

Map published by USGS with the colour code description
The USGS map in WinStars. To activate it, check the options “Display high resolution textures” and “Show Unified Geologic map of the Moon v2” options in the “Planets/satellites” menu.