Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Google Sky Map Weds Karva Chauth

For those of you who read the headline and returned to read the article after discounting it for its earthly Indian reference I do not blame you. A small anecdote here might explain why. Only three months ago I asked a close friend about the sensibility in purchasing a phone that would be android enabled. He laughed and said looking at the speed at which 3G is taking over the country your investment might show results during only the 15th five year plan. Return to present day India where multiple cellular labels are already readying their turf for the android phone market and several thousand women celebrated Karva Chauth a week ago. The application would have never found its way into the Indian domain in a manner so basic and surreal. At work and unable to know if the moon was out and my mother had broken her fast, the usual responsibility of finding out the direction and location where the moon would make its presence was a little easier this time around. The application installed on my phone made way for all the excitement to be narrowed and the curiosity to be put to rest with the Moon showing itself up in the described direction. Not to take any credit away from another application the Accuweather Clock informing me of an overcast night sky that would prevent a clear sight of the same.
What is wonderful is the fact that these applications are not only precise but of actual practical use unlike several others that prevail for time kill and entertainment purposes. On the other hand it’s amazing what technology has come to with the phone being dissected into a billion opportunities. Now I only wish if an application was developed to tell me the sun would rise a few hours than later, but then if wishes were horses beggars would ride. That being said I am sure looking at technology that one day they would ride for sure.

Accuweather clock for Android can be downloaded on http://accuweather-com.en.softonic.com/android and Google Sky Map on http://www.google.com/mobile/skymap/. Both the applications are highly recommended for Skygazers and astro-enthusiasts.

2 comments :

Arvind Passey said...

Heart-warming defense of technology. Yes, the future does arrive fast, despite what the doomsayers predict!

Arvind Passey
www.passey.info

Dr. Lalit Kapoor said...

I actually used it to show my mom the moon on Karva Chauth. Have a photo of it too !!!!