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Distant Suns: The night sky, reimagined.

2013 finalist in the Family category of TabTimes' best tablet app contest;

"I am putting together some mobile astronomy apps for our local "Sky's the Limit" Observatory in Twentynine Palms, CA. I have been searching for something as good as, or better than, Distant Suns. Short answer: I have not found it yet. ...nothing portrays the night sky as well as Distant Suns.

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
•Simply aim and gaze.
•Over 18 million pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand (18 mil? Yup.)
•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 object 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 (or 9 for you purists)
•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

What’s New

Version 5.0.3

* Has a higher resolution texture for the moon
* Constellations now have boundaries
* Add a small WhatsUp? Type display, "overview"
* Updated the Milky Way image
* of course there are the usual bugs dealt with.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Gamma Photon ,

It is like my brother...

...because it is the most annoying astronomy app in all of human history, and I never thought that I would find an annoying astronomy app in my life, but I did and was shocked to discover it. It contains tons of information which I adore massively, yet it always beeps at me whenever I try to look into it. It takes about six taps to zoom in on something no matter what I can do.
It also won't let you exit the twilight planning mode unless you reset the app, and sometimes some buttons just completely disappear from the options bar spontaneously! That requires fixing ASAP!
If you have a short temper and are annoyed easily, do not buy this app or otherwise you might need new blood vessels eventually. If you are tolerant of functions like these, get it. Why not? I use this app when I can put up with the beeps and several taps, which is why I am rating it four stars. This is a very good app, but only if you can Keep Calm and Carry On with ease.

Neal1971 ,

Best Astronomy App by far

Distant Suns is the best Astronomy app in the store by far...

It's easy to use, has a wealth of features and information, excellent graphics and optional extras available through In-App purchases.

JRMS666 ,

Gone downhill

The old version was so good I bought the full version. The recent UI changes have made it all but unusable. It’s unresponsive and non-intuitive. Very disappointed.

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