Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky
By First Light
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In 1987 Distant Suns first put the universe on your desktop. 27 years later it puts the universe in your shirt pocket.
Sporting a database of over 130,000 stars, along with nebula and galaxies, Distant Suns has earned the reputation of both having one of the most realistic and beautiful displays of the night sky, while being one of the easiest to use astronomy programs available for the most casual sky watchers and serious astronomers alike.
•No Internet required. Just a sense of wonder.
•Up to date space and astronomy news provided by Astronomy Magazine
•In partnership with Keck Observatory in Hawaii, see the current status of each telescope
•In partnership with the SETI Institute you can now see the real-time exosolar targets being monitored in the search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.
•Zoom in on the planets, see Jupiter and her moons or the rings of Saturn.
•See where other users with Beacons.
•Push notifications to ensure you'll never miss important space events.
•Compass aware, just aim and gaze.
•Over 130,000 pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand
•Realistic ghostly band of the Milky Way
•Stories behind each constellation
•Viewpoint Lock keeps any planet centered
•Change the look of the stars
•Galaxies, nebula and star clusters
•Hubble Space Telescope images
•All 8 planets (Pluto is optional)
•Red interface to preserve your night vision
•What's Up? Gives a quick one snapshot overview of where all of the important stuff is
•Touching the sky to reveal hidden data for each object
•Planetary data and information
Why settle for eye-candy when you can settle for mind-candy.
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What's New in Version 2.4.10
• Support for iPhone 6+ native resolution
• 64 bit support
• New textures for some of Saturn's moons
• A lot of changes under-the-hood to support future versions
• Numerous bug and performance fixes
Great tool for Astronomy Hobby
I just upgraded to the "max" version, but wanted to comment on this version. I occassionaly used this app for years, but since re-kindling my astronomy hobby I have found it to be an extremely helpful tool. I have similar programs for my Windows tablet PC, but this App is on my iphone & in my pocket! The night mode (red display) is really nice. The more you use it and understand its nuances the more valuable a tool it becomes. Great App!
Now I'm looking forward to using the upgraded version.
Fantastic pocket guide of the night skies, the ability to tweak the settings is great! Still using this app 4 years later!
- Category: Education
- Updated: Mar 08, 2015
- Version: 2.4.10
- Size: 511 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Mike Smithwick
- © 2014 First Light Design, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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