Pocket Universe - Astronomy 4+

The night sky stars & planets

John Kennedy

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 224 Ratings
    • $2.99


Now with a map detailing the approximate location of the North American Solar Eclipse happening in April!

There's never been a better time to get into Astronomy! Start off easy with an app that will guide you around the night sky - and even entertain you a little when the skies are cloudy.

"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


Pocket Universe

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 john@craicdesign.com.

Key Features

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.

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 latest IOS

• Supports augmented reality views that put the solar system in your living room, or all around you with 3rd party stereo headsets (available separately).

• Tracks the International Space Station, and predicts sightings.

• Tells you how long every day is, and tracks changes over the year.

• 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: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names.

What’s New

Version 6.17

Added animated North American April 2024 eclipse map
Updated sky events for 2024
Made text larger in Sky mode
Made it more obvious how to turn off motion tracking

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

wowwzers ,

Version 6.3. Five stars again!!!!

This app is really amazing and lots of fun to use. There are many deep features to explore and enjoy. The 'Motion' feature works really well when several versions ago it was hit and miss with figuring out which was was North.

Today the app was updated with a cool solar eclipse tracker. It seems to be off by just a few miles south around the St Louis area (less than 10 maybe) but for a simulation it will allow me to show friends what they can expect.

Great app. Keep it up!!

SkyGrey88 ,

One of the best astronomy apps

I am a long time amateur astronomer and I love this app. First off I paid to unlock it years ago, and unlike many apps it has continued to be updated and supported when many apps sunset this one has kept going. Thank you to the creator/developer and pleas keep up the good work!

Cindy - Athens GA ,

Love this so much!

This was the first app I bought when I got my smart phone years ago. I don’t know why I waited so long to write a review. This app is so easy to use, easy to understand and still amazes me with all the things it does.

App Privacy

The developer, John Kennedy, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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