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Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy

By John Kennedy

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Description

There's never been a better time to get into Astronomy! Start off easy. with an app that will guide you around the night sky - and even entertain you a little when the skies are cloudy.

"The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysterious—but no less remarkable", MacWorld

"It’s truly an impressive marvel. 5 Mice out of 5", MacWorld.

"..one of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, it’s a steal", Cult of Mac.

Apple App Store Staff Favorite

Voted Best Educational iPhone Application by AppAdvice

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Note: Interested in beta testing the next version? Contact me with your email address :-)

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Pocket Universe

Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn the names of constellations, bright stars, planets and more. You can literally hold up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that's complete with names and information.

Then explore the Solar System, and take virtual walks on the surface of the Moon and Mars, before playing a game to help you learn more about astronomy that you thought possible.

Every night there is something to see: Pocket Universe will provide you a list of suggestions, as well as give you regularly updated news and observation tips - which you can even share with your friends.

You don’t need to be an expert to use Pocket Universe, and everything you see has a useful pop-up information window and links to Wikipedia for the latest information.

With over 80,000 stars, beautiful textures, built-in quiz games, updated news, lunar phases, information on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, an Orrery view, and more, there’s so much to explore.

For support or to ask a question, feel free to send a direct message on Twitter to @CraicDesign or email john@craicdesign.com.

Key Features

Pocket Universe was the first iPhone astronomy app to support the built-in compass, and it was also the first to add a true augmented reality view using the iPhone's built-in camera! Use the camera view in the evening or morning sky to overlay the labelled view over the real sky.

Simply hold up your iPhone in front of you, and the view will be exactly what you see - but with names and information at your fingertips. Move the iPhone around to see the view change in real-time. As previous iPhone models and the iPod Touch do not have a compass, the up/down movement is automatic, but you will need to drag the display left/right yourself.

Easy-to-use astronomy application, which focuses on helping you answer the question "What's that in the sky?"

• Works on all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5 (iOS 7 recommended)

• Tracks the International Space Station, and predicts sightings

• Special "Show Me" mode will guide you to named stars, planets, constellations as well as the brightest galaxies and nebulae.

• "Tonight's Sky" and "Objects and Events" will keep you up-to-date, and give you suggestions for what to look for when you head outside.

• Constellation and Star Quiz to help you learn your way around the sky.

• Works in Northern Hemisphere and ‘Down Under’ too.

• Links to Wikipedia articles for the latest information.

• Responsive customer support, frequent updates.

Please note: Network access is only required to view supplementary web-based news and Wikipedia text. This app never transmits data from your device.

Note: iOS 8.x is recommended.

Note: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names.

What's New in Version 6.0

* This update is a major rewrite, with many updates and improvements.
* Tweaked! Updated dashboard view, with a mini What's up you can tap to enlarge.
* Tweaked! Dashboard view has nice pictures during the daylight hours.
* New! A meteor is shown on the mini What's up view if there is a meteor shower.
* New! You can now go straight to Settings, Find and Extras from the Dashboard view.
* New! You can now go immediately to the sky view when the app starts.
* New! You can also disable the opening animation.
* Fixed! Many bugs fixed, including many to NGC object data.
* Added! Exciting new bugs!

Welcome loyal Pocket Universe users! As you might know, Pocket Universe has been on the App Store for a very long time, and gone through many updates and improvements. This version may look very familiar, but behind the scenes every line of code has been examined, and probably rewritten as the app has been overhauled to the latest iOS coding standards. As a result, the app is faster, more reliable and much easier for me to add new features (which I will).

Thank you all very much for your years of support. It's been my pleasure to work on Pocket Universe, and I hope you continue to enjoy using it.

-john

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Customer Reviews

A must have app for your phone

A fantastic app, it never disappoints. The developer continues to improve it over time. I like the overview for the month feature and am looking forward to using it for the next meteor shower. If you don't have it on your phone you're missing out.

the stars tell a story

this app is on top of it game. I see the stars in a new light. whenever i want to know something about the sky, I use this app to get me started. but it's so much more than just scanning the stars. it is filled with knowledge about the heavens. this app is for any one who is curious about the universe.

Quick, simple, complete!

What else do you need? And recently rewritten code to make use of latest iOS features and speed enhancements. My go to sky watching assistant! ^.^

Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 6.0
  • Size: 74.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Swedish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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