View beautiful pictures and movies from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website on your iPhone or iPad.

A new photo or movie is released each day with a caption written by a professional astronomer. Browse over 20 years of stunning pictures.

Beautiful Universe Features

• View, pan and zoom beautiful astronomy pictures
• Play videos of astronomical events
• Read captions on each picture to learn fascinating details about the picture and tap links to learn more
• Save images to your photo library for later viewing or use as wallpaper
• Send images to friends via iMessage or email
• Share images on Twitter (requires Twitter app)
• Use the calendar to jump to any day's picture
• Preview the latest image in Today View or Notification Center
• Ad-free


• From the list, preview pictures using a light press and press a little deeper to open the picture. (Requires an iPhone 6s with 3D Touch)
• When viewing a picture, tap the picture to enter full screen mode
• Pinch to zoom and drag to pan
• Swipe left or right to move to the next picture
• Tap the title to show the picture caption
• Tap links in the caption to learn more

Credit and Copyrights

All astronomy images, videos and descriptions in Beautiful Universe are provided by NASA's Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD). APOD was created in 1995 by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell who continue to select the entries and write and edit the captions. The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet. APOD is a service of the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Michigan Technological University.

Some APOD images and videos are copyrighted by their owners. Most NASA images are in the public domain.

Help and Support

• Twitter: @BeautifulUniApp
• Email:

What’s New

Version 1.5

Updated for iOS 13 and iPhone 11.


Scott Johnson
28.9 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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