Smile at Saturn Day: July 19

Smile at Saturn Day: July 19

On  July 19, the Cassini probe currently orbiting Saturn will image Earth from nearly a billion miles away in true color. It is asked that all “be sure to smile, knowing that others around the world are smiling too, in the sheer joy of simply being alive on a pale blue dot.” And of course, aimed towards Saturn. Even if the earth is less than 2 pixels across. From the Cassini imaging team: “Straighten up, brush your hair, go outside,...

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Distant Suns licenses the real sky from God

Distant Suns licenses the real sky from God

First Light Designs announced today that they’ve licensed the real sky from the Almighty for use in the award winning astronomy program Distant Suns. Mike Smithwick, the author of the popular iPad app, says that the Lord will help integrate his unique ReST technology, Real Star Technology technology, into his own software over the next era. “While Apple’s devices have terrific capabilities on their own, it became necessary to reach out and find...

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Distant Suns Astronomy App Makes Tracking Comet Pan-STARRS Easy

Distant Suns Astronomy App Makes Tracking Comet Pan-STARRS Easy

In the next couple of weeks you will likely hear much about a comet with the decidedly unglamorous name of “Pan-STARRS” (or technically: “Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS”). The first significant naked eye comet since Comet McNaught in2007, Pan-STARRS is already visible to the southern hemisphere and brightening steadily each day. Dozens of comets are discovered each year, most quietly anonymous, meekly shining at magnitudes that require very good...

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Distant Suns and Astronomy Magazine form partnership

Distant Suns and Astronomy Magazine form partnership

Now it can be told: I am very proud to announce today that Distant Suns has joined forces with Astronomy Magazine, the world’s largest magazine on amateur astronomy and now in its 40th year  (I was a charter subscriber. Yes, I am that old). You can see the first fruits of this arrangement in the most recent release of the iOS version as it powers the news ticker. Over the next few months, I hope to be able to link Distant Suns with ever...

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Middle Earth, for real

Middle Earth, for real

Otherwise called “New Zealand.” This is above Fox Glacier in a helicopter. Tough job! When watching The Hobbit, it was easy to see why they chose this area for filming. There’s a B&B in the North Island with an observatory that is just calling for an “inspection.”

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Bug reports for Distant Suns on iPad 2

Bug reports for Distant Suns on iPad 2

I have received a some of emails regarding the latest release of Distant Suns(max) causing occasional crashes on startup.  I have found one possible problem on iPads running with pre-iOS 5 installations. So you can fix it by upgrading. If that doesn’t work it might be something else, so contact us at here, and report what version of iOS and device you are using.

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