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

Version 3.4.16

● Fixed some issues due to iOS 11 changes that could have caused app exits
● Made some mods under the hood for the next major release

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

35 Ratings

35 Ratings

All around useful Astro app


I've been an amateur astronomer & astronomy writer for over 30 years, and have seen a lot of software for stargazers. Since 1.0 for Windows, Distant Suns has been a great introduction to the sky, and a useful resource for users at any level. Since being ported to the iPhone, it has retained all the virtues of the original, and steadily added functionality while continuously improving the user interface. The developer is clearly committed to supporting users, and at a price that makes this one of the best bargains going. It doesn't quite measure up to Luminos in functionality I personally find valuable, hence the 4 stars, but it does some things Luminos doesn't. I use both regularly.

Wonderful night photo aid.


This app is a great aid to plan rural night photo shoots. The ability to select future times, dates and set locations is extremely useful. Having used Distant Suns on iPod Touches for several years, I'm even more impressed by the added functions gained on my new iPhone. One caveat: don't enable the iPhone's compass' True North option if you're planning to use the Distant Suns' compass function for point to identify objects in the night sky. The result will be a sky map off by your local magnetic declination.

It's so amazing


It's easy to get numb to the magic of technology. But this app can remind you how mind boggling a smart phone or tablet is. This app contains so much graphical, cosmological, and text data, one can ignore how it amazingly uses location, compass, and graphics to reveal the mind-bloggingly big universe. It could use better documentation, for those of us new to astronomy. But click preferences, system, and turn on compass: and viola! Point to the sky and the universe is yours.


Mike Smithwick
438.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017
In-App Purchases
  1. Hubble Guide Star Catalog $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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