Prof Brian Cox's Universe 4+

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 51 Ratings
    • $1.99



Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.


Now for iPhone and iPad 1 - with added features: cause the supernova explosion of Betelgeuse! Land on the surfaces of Mars, the Moon, Io and Enceledus!

Journey up from the smallest particles, past the moons and planets of the Solar System, out through the Oort Cloud to the Milky Way, past our Local Stars and out to distant galaxies before arriving, finally, at the edge of the known Universe. On the way you will encounter the likes of seething Red Giants, beautiful Nebulae, pulsing Neutron stars and confront a daunting vision of a Black Hole sucking down a hapless star, all rendered in spectacular 3D.

Professor Brian Cox provides mind-expanding insight in over 200 interactive articles pinned to the stars, planets, galaxies and other wonders modelled in extraordinary 3D, written in his accessible style and accompanied by two and a half hours of video from the BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. The app also includes hundreds of infographics and images of space objects supplied by astronomy experts, NASA and other space researchers.

• Explore the entire Universe in 7 interlinked scales from sub-atomic to the edge of the known Universe, or take Brian's tours • Two-and-a-half hours of BBC video from the Wonders TV series (requires wifi) • 50+ spectacular 3D models of planets, moons, galaxies and nebulae to discover • Over 200 interactive articles by Brian telling the story of the Universe • Hundreds of beautiful images from around the cosmos • High resolution graphics optimised for the new iPad


“Few apps can match Wonders of the Universe.” New York Times

“Wonders is hands down one of the best apps out there for the iPad.” The Next Web

“One of the best educational apps to date.”

“In a class of its own.” Daily Mail

“The graphics and content make the experience well worth it.” Mashable



“Stunningly produced.”

“The only app I’ve ever called perfect.”

“Have you ever wanted a grand tour of the universe…this is it, and you’ll love it.” Mac Observer

“Professor Cox shows us the Cosmos as we have never seen it before - a place full of the most bizarre and powerful natural phenomena.” Sunday Express

“It will entertain and delight.” Independent on Sunday

“He bridges the gap between our childish sense of wonder and a rather more profound grasp of the scale of things.” Independent

“Cox’s romantic, lyrical approach to astrophysics all adds up to an experience that feels less like homework and more like having a story told to you. A really good story too”. Guardian

About Professor Brian Cox:

Professor Brian Cox OBE is a particle physicist, a Royal Society research fellow, and a professor at the University of Manchester as well as researcher on one of the most ambitious experiments on Earth, the ATLAS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is best known to the public as a science broadcaster and presenter of the highly popular BBC2 series Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe and Star Gazing Live. He was also keyboard player in the UK pop band D:Ream in the 1990s.

This app uses Flurry analytics to gather generic data about usage to help us improve the app. No identifiable information such as personal details, device identifier, location, is taken, nor will we use it for marketing or to contact you in any way.

What’s New

Version 1.79

Fixed video playback issues on iOS14 and other minor bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

GryphonDreaming ,

Fantastic App!

This is a great app for exploring the universe, from the smallest particle to the biggest mega structure imaginable. It’s enjoyable by all ages. It is beautiful, with gorgeous accompanying music. Think of it as an overall survey of the universe a la Cosmos, rather than a way to look up specific elements like constellations or star names.

(The video streaming has been fixed! This makes me - and my 8 year old - very happy, so I have changed my rating back to 5 stars.)

OZzo77 ,


I have always loved this app and have used it since I was in college. I love talking to people about space and showing them just how incomprehensibly vast it is. I love how you can zoom out and see everything it’s jaw dropping! Please bring back the music!

sputnikbeta ,

Do not purchase, videos no longer supported

My 6-year-old loved using this app to discover and learn about space, but one of the primary components of that learning process - watching videos at each location as you explore - no longer functions. It’s such a disappointment to see your child so eager to engage in the learning process only to watch him get frustrated by such a simple thing.

Buyers beware: do not purchase, as this app no longer seems to be supported and a core feature of video streaming no longer functions.

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