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Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky

In 1987 Distant Suns first put the universe on your desktop

Distant Suns was originally written for the Commodore Amiga computer in 1985 and is one of the longest-lived programs still for sale

Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky

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Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky
Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky
Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky
$1.99 in the App Store

Distant Suns was originally written for the Commodore Amiga computer in 1985 and is one of the longest-lived programs still for sale. It has been updated to run smoothly on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but is a little blurry on the iPad while zoomed in. It’s a bummer that you’ll have to pay a little more for the HD version for the same program. Distant Suns is notable for its database of over 130,000 stars, unique controls for centering the moon, sun, planets, and many other deep-space objects, restoring to your last position, and a digital compass in the full version.

What is it about?

In 1987 Distant Suns first put the universe on your desktop. 27 years later it puts the universe in your shirt pocket.

Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky

App Details

Version
2.4.10
Rating
(945)
Size
486Mb
Genre
Education Reference
Last updated
March 8, 2015
Release date
October 22, 2008
More info

Distant Suns is $1.99 but there are more add-ons

  • $3.99

    Distant Suns (max) Upgrade

  • $0.99

    Hubble Guide Star Catalog

App Screenshots

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App Store Description

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.

Features include:

•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)
•GPS aware
•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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