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Portal to the Universe

By European Southern Observatory (ESO)

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Access a universe of knowledge about the Universe with the Portal to the Universe app! Designed in a magazine style, this free app brings the latest scientific breakthroughs gathered from hundreds of news and blog sources every day. It’s never been easier to be well informed about the latest space news.

If you wish to test how much cosmic knowledge the new, lighter and slimmer iPad can access at any point in spacetime, this is the app for you! The Portal to the Universe aggregates news, blogs, video podcasts, audio podcasts, images, videos and more from hundreds of sources.

The free application allows users to:

- find out in real time what’s new and exciting in astronomy and space exploration
- access the Portal to the Universe offline
- search for articles on the Portal to the Universe

The Portal to the Universe is a project sponsored by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the International Astronomical Union and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Portal to the Universe App is an open source app designed and developed by ESO with Víctor R. Ruiz ( The project coordinator is Lars Holm Nielsen (ESO).

What's New in Version 2.0

iPad support! This version comes with a special interface for the iPad to access the Portal to the Universe. The Portal to the Universe application is now compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.


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Customer Reviews

Great app

Not had any of the crashing issues mentioned in other reviews, that's running the app on iPhone 4S with iOS 6, works perfect, easy to use, pages, blogs and podcasts load quickly and without issue, a wonderful and user friendly way to keep up to date on all the latest astronomy news!

Excellent Resource

Fantastic app to keep you up to date with all things astronomy related. Would benefit from tweak to take advantage of the full screen in later iPhone incarnations, and have the ability to mark stories as read.

Highly recommend.

nice idea

brings together many sites though find it crashes when loading the blog page.
Be nice if the individual sites could be filtered/added to,items greyed when read,addition of astronomy cast to podcast list.

Portal to the Universe
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 7.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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