Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy
By John Kennedy
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Happy New Year!
2016 will continue to see regular updates to Pocket Universe!
"The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysterious—but no less remarkable", MacWorld
"It’s truly an impressive marvel. 5 Mice out of 5", MacWorld.
"..one of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, it’s a steal", Cult of Mac.
Apple App Store Staff Favorite
Voted Best Educational iPhone Application by AppAdvice
Note: Interested in beta testing the next version? Contact me with your email address :-)
Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn the names of constellations, bright stars, planets and more. You can literally hold up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that's complete with names and information.
Then explore the Solar System, and take virtual walks on the surface of the Moon and Mars, before playing a game to help you learn more about astronomy that you thought possible.
Every night there is something to see: Pocket Universe will provide you a list of suggestions, as well as give you regularly updated news and observation tips - which you can even share with your friends.
You don’t need to be an expert to use Pocket Universe, and everything you see has a useful pop-up information window and links to Wikipedia for the latest information.
With over 80,000 stars, beautiful textures, built-in quiz games, updated news, lunar phases, information on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, an Orrery view, and more, there’s so much to explore.
For support or to ask a question, feel free to send a direct message on Twitter to @CraicDesign or email email@example.com.
Pocket Universe was the first iPhone astronomy app to support the built-in compass, and it was also the first to add a true augmented reality view using the iPhone's built-in camera! Use the camera view in the evening or morning sky to overlay the labelled view over the real sky.
Simply hold up your iPhone in front of you, and the view will be exactly what you see - but with names and information at your fingertips. Move the iPhone around to see the view change in real-time. As previous iPhone models and the iPod Touch do not have a compass, the up/down movement is automatic, but you will need to drag the display left/right yourself.
Easy-to-use astronomy application, which focuses on helping you answer the question "What's that in the sky?"
• Works on all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5 (iOS 7 recommended)
• Tracks the International Space Station, and predicts sightings
• Special "Show Me" mode will guide you to named stars, planets, constellations as well as the brightest galaxies and nebulae.
• "Tonight's Sky" and "Objects and Events" will keep you up-to-date, and give you suggestions for what to look for when you head outside.
• Constellation and Star Quiz to help you learn your way around the sky.
• Works in Northern Hemisphere and ‘Down Under’ too.
• Links to Wikipedia articles for the latest information.
• Responsive customer support, frequent updates.
Please note: Network access is only required to view supplementary web-based news and Wikipedia text. This app never transmits data from your device.
Note: iOS 8.x is recommended.
Note: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names.
What's New in Version 5.9.3
* Updated celestial event notifications for 2016.
* Now supports 3D touch for zooming into the virtual sky with a press. Double-tap will restore default view.
* Improved graphic effects and more night-vision friendly views.
* Lots of bugs sent to wherever it is bugs go to when they die. Wisconsin?
* I wish this version had a gravitational waves detector built-in, but sadly that is beyond my programming ability (at this time). Dropping your device on your foot is the next best thing I can suggest.
My first is in defogger but not in fodder
My second is in accountant but not in coconut
My third is in seminal but not in amnesia
My fourth is in aide but not in die
My fifth is in exportation but not in preparation
My sixth is in stridency but not in discreteness
What am I?
There is a sky above the clouds :)
Thank you, very much for the passion you put in this app. We, that live in cloudy places, can finally enjoy some stars in the cozy our home place.
I have been using this app for a long time and did not experience any fall back. (I read some very negative reviews and I really did not have any trouble. Lucky me :D )
I recommend it for all star passionate people, and for people that just want to see a full bright sky through the awful cloudy places up North, or even big illuminated cities.
It is still a great App and works in Latin America :)
Am I a Galaxy?
I have been using universe since John first introduced it and i love this app. Ease of use and beginner friendly with lots of awesome features. I recommend this to all interested in the night sky.
Interesting. Great interface. Totally worth it, with great updates. By the way, you're a galaxy, riddle included in the description of the most recent update
- Category: Education
- Updated: Feb 20, 2016
- Version: 5.9.3
- Size: 55.8 MB
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Swedish
- Seller: John Kennedy
- © 2011, 2015 Craic Design
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.