23 December 2015

Chilean astronomy app wins two International Mobile Web Awards

The Chile Mobile Observatory project was chosen as the best mobile application in the categories of science and education in the 2015 MobileWebAwards.

Chile Mobile Observatory (CMO), the free application for mobile devices, which was especially created to enjoy and share universe images captured from the modern observatories installed in the country, received the award for the best mobile application in the categories of science and education in the 2015 Mobile Web Awards. Directed by the Web Marketing Association, the creators celebrate “the people and organizations responsible for developing one of the most effective mobile websites and mobile apps”.

The CMO app’s main objective is to relieve and help people share their country’s heritage with other Chileans and with the world. To do this, the application – available for Android and iOS – allows users to download images and share them on social networks, while enabling the selection of favorite images and the chance to turn them into wallpapers. The 2.0 Version, released in mid-2015, includes 300 images taken from Chilean soil by some of the major observatories on Earth (ALMA, La Silla, Paranal,among others) allowing for the contemplation of the wonders of the Cosmos.

The development of the app had the support of institutions such as the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Center for Astrophysics and Technologies(CATA), as well as the collaboration of astronomers responsible for the pictures, who selected and created the descriptions of the available material. Fascinating images of stars, nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial phenomena, are available for users to enjoy and learn to distinguish and characterize the stellar phenomena.

This is how Chile Mobile Observatory emerges as an alluring way to get a bit closer to the universe through a free and didactic approach. The two awards from the Web Marketing Association, and more than 65 000 downloads worldwide, position this project within the best in the .

More information at: www.chilemobileobservatory.com

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