Distant Suns (max) – for iPad and iPhone

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.
“Distant Suns is easy to use and understand. The graphics are amazing. I use it every chance I get. I love showing people the stars.” Lee Brandon-Cremer, Space Shuttle Almanac

“Are you an astronomer? Where? Your app does exactly what I hoped, that is it is — similar to how I feel about art or archaeology,—  it shows me the beauty of the universe while helping me feel more strongly my small little place in a great larger context. Astronomy, contemplating the stars and outer space gives me a great feeling of the sublime. I look at your app every day!” Dr. Mark Brandl, Switzerland


  • Named one of the “100 Essential Apps” by iLounge
  • Featured on NPR’s MarketPlace, October 2010
  • 5 Stars from ituneappreview.com,
  • 5 Stars in iphoneapplicationlist.com
  • No Internet required. Just a sense of wonder.
  • View from the Earth or out in the solar system
  • Augmented reality viewing overlays the sky with your local landscape
  • Current stars and solar systems being monitored by the SETI Institute’s Allan Telescope Array, as it listens for possible extraterrestrial civilizations
  • Astronomy magazine news ticker shows up-to-date space and astronomy news
  • Comet Pan-STARRS tracking
  • Compatible with the retina iPad.
  • Compass aware (iPhone/iPad only). Simply aim and gaze.
  • Over 300,000 pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand
  • 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 planet 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 (Pluto is optional)
  • GPS aware
  • Special color mode preserves your night vision
  • Touch the sky to reveal hidden data for each object
  • Planetary data and information

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