During undergrad I took an astronomy course. The class satisfied a science requirement; that meant I could skip chemistry and physics. Truthfully though, I’ve always been fascinated by the stars. I remember a friend in the 4th grade who attended Space Camp, which created some fanatical jealousy inside me.

Well, fast forward 15 years, include the advent of powerful handheld computers, three dimensional imaging, our solar system, some ingenious app designers, and you have Solar System 3D (free).

This is a fun and fascinating look at our solar system, and it’s guaranteed to give you a few minutes of enjoyment.

One of the coolest features is the ability to “fly” around the sun, planets, and moons in our solar system. The video does a good job of showcasing the feature.

The app has great graphics that make the process of flying through the solar system pretty realistic.

Solar System 3D Overview


Visiting planets also gets you a great popup of information about the planet or moon.

Solar System 3D Close-up

The controls are easy to use, which means it only took me 10 minutes to figure out (that’s a joke).

Solar System 3D Controls

Tap and flick to zoom, scroll, and rotate.

Of course, you’re not going to spend hours (but you may) using this app, though Solar System 3D is a great way to blow a few minutes, check out some planets, and be truly amazed.

Now, if we could just get a Street View camera up on planets for shots like these:

Planets' Plains

Get this app on Google Play

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Phil Olenick · October 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm


Maybe this is useful on a tablet, but on a phone it’s made nearly useless by the advertisements in the top right corner of the screen that block a large slice of the screen, even overlapping the planet in the center of the screen.

Normally, web ads can be dismissed, but these ads can’t be turned off. All that clicking on an ad does is take you to that site, but when you come back the ad is still there.

Not a good promo for an Android phone, with the obnoxious ad.


    Jeffrey Taylor · October 15, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Yes, I should have mentioned that. I rarely use my phone for apps, especially considering the power of tablets. I didn’t extensively test this on a phone given that most apps look best on tablets.

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