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This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


StarSafari puts the Milky Way Galaxy into the palm of your hand - and let you own a piece of it!

StarSafari contains all our our Solar System's major planets and moons, plus 120,000 stars from the Hipparcos catalog - a 3D database of the brightest and nearest stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

Tap any star, planet, or moon to select it. Then tap the Orbit button in the toolbar to fly into orbit around it! Once in orbit, you can swipe to move around the object. Pinch to magnify your field of view. Tap and hold the green up arrow in the lower left right corner to move closer to the object. Tap and hold the green down arrow in the lower left corner to move away from the object. To fly home to our Solar System, tap the green home button at the bottom.

To learn more about the object you've selected, tap the Info button in the toolbar. To center it on the screen - without flying into orbit around it - tap the Center button.

Tap the Time button in the toolbar to animate the flow of time, forward or backward, continously or in single stpes, by seconds, minutes, days, months, or years at a step. Tap "Now" to simulate the galaxy as it exists this very second, and update it in real time.

Tap Search to find any object in our galaxy by name, or to choose one from a list of planets, moons, stars, or other objects.

When viewed from many light years away, stars can appear in different constellations than they do when seen from our Solar System!

About Virtual Milky Way eStars

From StarSafari, you can claim a star in the Virtual Milky Way galaxy with an in-app purchase. You can claim one for yourself, a friend, or a loved one. Dedicate your star for an occasion like a birthday, wedding, or memorial. Upload their picture and a message for that person's claimed star, to be seen by anyone in the Virtual Milky Way!

Once you claim an eStar with an in-app purchase, you or your designee will now own that virtual star, uniquely and forever. An eStar is a virtual good unlike any other! For more information, go to the Virtual Milky Way web site.

To see your claimed eStars - or anyone else's - in StarSafari, tap the eStars toolbar button. Create a Virtual Milky Way account, or log into one you already have. Tap the Settings tab to find the person whose eStars you want to show in StarSafari.

Go explore the virtual universe - and see who's waiting for you out there!

eStars and the real sky

Your eStars are virtual goods. But every eStar corresponds to a real star in our real Milky Way galaxy, and in Earth's real night sky. Your eStar's Hipparcos catalog number is a real star's Hipparcos number.

To find your eStar in Earth's night sky, check out SkySafari. It's the easiest way to learn astronomy, find objects in the night sky, and have fun at the same time!

What's New in Version 1.0.1

1. Better performance accessing eStars when on 3G.
2. All eStar views are now fully functional in landscape mode.
3. Display a message after the first time starting the app that indicates the toolbar scrolls .
4. Increased robustness communicating with the eStars server.
5. Fixed bug where you couldn't select stars in the upper 24 pixels of the chart.
6. Fixed some memory leaks.
7. We now display message when user tries to zoom out beyond 90º, pointing out the button for moving further away.
8. Better message displayed when trying to display eStar information on stars reserved by Sytosoft


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Customer Reviews

A great concept!

I've been a big fan of all the Southern Stars astronomy apps. This one allows you to orbit and explore planets and bright stars in our galaxy. Lots of information about the objects can be shown in the Info panel.

They have also integrated a "social" app where you can (for an additional price) "claim" a star for yourself or someone else. You can attach a picture and a message to the claimed star. Later, other user's can see your star highlighted on the screen and read your message.

I claimed a star in honor of my Dad who passed away several years ago. The star is called "Panacea" after the name he gave to all his boats. Look for it.

Truly Unique!

I’ve seen many companies claiming to let you gift a star for someone but all you end up with is a piece of paper and a promise with disclaimers that no person can ‘own’ the star etc etc… This app however has all the stars online and visible for everyone to see and has electronic representations of real stars that one can actually own and gift to someone. When one of these eStars are purchased everyone that has this app can see it. Very cool concept!


I am an astronomer newbie and this apps aggregates information to make it easy for me to learn the stars. You are presented a view of the sky and every object is clickable. Once selected, hit the info button and the app pops up a window with scientific data in tabular and free text form for your star.

You can also change the time and follow the planets' orbits. Which one revolves faster - earth or mars? Try it out and see for yourself, it's free!

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Size: 88.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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