Distant Suns(max): Touch the sky, own the Universe
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, October, 2010
•5 Stars from ituneappreview.com,
•5 Stars in iphoneapplicationlist.com
[NOTE: IPhone 3GS/4 and iPad level devices are recommended];
•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
•Augmented reality viewing overlays the sky with your local landscape
•Compass aware (iPhone/iPad only). Simply aim and gaze.
•Over 300,000 pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand
•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
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What's New in Version 3.4.8
● Improved the comet visuals
● Labels for Phobos and Deimos will no longer show up on field-of-view>85 degrees when viewed from Earth.
● Addressed a stability issue when the Region Format is set to something other than English speaking countries.
Pretty Good, Lots Missing
Distant Suns is, in most regards, what you'd expect. The visuals are pretty good, and there are plenty of deep sky objects to explore. But so much is missing. Here are some: a search function; significant detail about some objects (Mira, for instance, is simply described as "Wonderful." Gee, is it too much to expect some info about its periodic swings of brightness and Mira variables? What is this, the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"?); more comets, not just the household names; a Jupiter's moons chart/animation; the ability to zoom in to photographic views of deep sky objects like M31 and M42; etc. And, the news provided by Astronomy Magazine is hard to read, since it doesn't balloon up to a full window.
So, kind of cool, and at times useful, but ample room for improvement.
Nothing else comes close.
I've been enjoying distant suns since it was first released on the iPhone. It is still one of the apps that amazes people when I'm out camping or on the beach at night. A bunch of other apps came out afterwards with flashy visuals but nowhere near the depth of information. Great stuff!
My first experience with Distant Suns was on my Amiga computer back in college. This version is on par with the original—an excellent program!
- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 11, 2013
- Version: 3.4.8
- Size: 88.6 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Mike Smithwick
- © 2013
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.