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
•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)
•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
•Updated textures for several of Saturn's moons
•Fixed the usual "misunderstood features" (bugs), typos and the like
Very good but update not loading
This is an excellent app, but was unable to update. So decided to delete the app and download from scratch, but same problem, only I have no app at all now!!
Distant suns has been my go to sky app whilst I've been tootling around the heavens with binoculars. It's detailed and uses an intuitive user interface that allows you to experiment with the settings and set it up as you like. There are a multitude of ways to display information and it makes discovering the stars very easy. There are a couple of issues for me. Firstly, as I move to telescoping the sky, I find that the type of information I want isn't presented. In my previous telescope days I was a fan of double star observing. Sadly, distant suns doesn't indicate which stars are doubles. Whilst information on double stars is available the standard horizontal line through a dot representation of double stars isn't present and if you didn't know which stars were doubles you would have a rascal of a time stumbling across them. Neither is their an option to find them. Icons for deep sky objects do conform to standard icons though, although there is no list of the NGC catalogues. Secondly, I purchased the Hubble guide star catalogue upgrade, but I'm not sure it works properly. Maybe it doesn't cover the whole sky but Wikipedia says it does. So it confuses me as to why there are big gaps in its representation in the app. Scrolling around you can actually follow the line where the catalogue stars ends and each time I open the app the gap is in a different place. But having said that, the addition of the Hubble catalogue does make spotting open clusters an such much easier. For really serious astronomers who may wish to control telescopes etc this may not be the app for them. If you are a non double star seeking, general visual or photo astronomer, or if you and your binoculars are becoming serious amigos then distant suns will serve you well.
- Category: Education
- Updated: 06 March 2015
- Version: 3.4.13
- Size: 265 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Mike Smithwick
- © 2014
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Top In-App Purchases
- Hubble Guide Star Catalog£0.79