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Distant Suns(max): Because half the day is night.

By First Light

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2013 finalist in the Family category of TabTimes' best tablet app contest;

"Distant Suns is easy to use and understand. The graphics are amazing. I use it every chance I get. I love showing people the stars." Lee Brandon-Cremer, Space Shuttle Almanac

Distant Suns has been your personal guide to the cosmos since 1985. First on the desktop, now right in your hands. While others play games, you can travel to the stars.

Award-winning Distant Suns has the reputation of both having one of the most realistic displays of the night sky, while being one of the easiest to use astronomy apps for casual sky watchers as well as serious astronomers.

•Named in the "100 Essential Apps" by iLounge
•Featured on NPR's MarketPlace

Features include:

•No Internet required. Just a sense of wonder.
•View from the Earth or out in the solar system
•Observe the targets being monitored in real-time, by the SETI Institute for signs of possible extraterrestrial intelligence
•Compass aware (iPhone/iPad only). Simply aim and gaze.
•Over 300,000 pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand with support for up to 17 million.
•Integrated with NASA's Night Sky Network space events in your area (US only at present)
•What's Up? Gives a quick one snapshot overview of the evening's sky
•Realistic ghostly band of the Milky Way
•Stories behind each constellation
•Viewpoint Lock keeps any planet centered
•Current weather patterns on the earth, updated daily
•Change the look of the stars
•Galaxies, nebula and star clusters
•Hubble Space Telescope images
•All 8 planets (Pluto is optional)
•GPS aware
•Special color mode preserves your night vision.
•Touch the sky to reveal hidden data for each object
•Planetary data and information

First Light is a proud member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers with family-friendly apps.

Twitter: @distantsuns, @lazyastronomer
AIM : lazyastronomer

What's New in Version 3.4.13

•Added support for the iPhone 6+ native screen resolution
•64-bit support
•Updated textures for several of Saturn's moons
•Fixed the usual "misunderstood features" (bugs), typos and the like


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Customer Reviews


Difficult-to use and confusing interface. Lags behind when moving screen. "Cursor" is difficult to use - you have to hold the phone almost completely still to get star information, plus it's difficult to aim etc. There's little white triangles at the corners of the screen, may be pointing to something, but I cannot figure out what they do (have tried "following" the arrows, and they point to nothing). Some of the text on the help and preference menus overlaps so it's hard to read. Various improvements needed. If it weren't free I'd be getting a refund. The price is about the only good thing about it.

Great sky app!

I have had the free version for years. I hesitated on paying because I was not sure that it contained some features.

Please know that Distant Suns Max DOES contain
1) position awareness... The screen moves to where you are pointing
2) it can draw the images of the constellations for you (per setting/preference)
3) when you look through the floor/ground it shows you the southern sky
4) it does have a red screen image, to help preserve your night eye sensitivity
5) it will also jump to show you the sky on a date/time you select

God bless you, Distant Suns development team!

Keep looking up!

Best Astronomy App.

His app has so much. It makes it really easy to find stars you can see, especially with the 'What's up?' screen that shows all the planets and constellations that are visible. News portion is nice too.

Thank you for 64bit support.

Distant Suns(max): Because half the day is night.
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 3.4.13
  • Size: 265 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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