Distant Suns (Max) – for iPad and iPhone

“I am putting together some mobile astronomy apps for our local “Sky’s the Limit” Observatory in Twentynine Palms, CA. I have been searching for something as good as, or better than, Distant Suns. Short answer: I have not found it yet. …nothing portrays the night sky as well as Distant Suns. 

Distant Suns has been your personal guide to the cosmos since 1985. First on the desktop, now right in your hands. While others play games, you can travel to the stars.

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
  • 2013 finalist in the Family category of TabTimes’ best tablet app contest
  • Featured on NPR’s MarketPlace, October 2010
  • 5 Stars from ituneappreview.com,
  • 5 Stars in iphoneapplicationlist.com

Completely rewritten

  • No Internet required. Just a sense of wonder.
  • New modern UI for iPad
  • 18 million stars (no in-app purchase required)
  • Names of lunar details 
  • Cloud-sync your favorites among different devices
  • Over 7500 deep-sky objects
  • Atmospheric effects
  • Highlight multiple objects at once
  • Travel to the planets in virtual-reality
  • Lock on any objects in the sky
  • Chart mode views the sky without local distortion
  • Improved night-vision mode
  • From Zero-to-Wow in a single click

First Light is a proud member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers with family-friendly apps.

Earth as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

Orion as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

M42 as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

Earth in VR as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

Saturn as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

Tesla in route as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

What's Up? Screen in Distant Suns (VR)

screen shot of DS (+VR) night vision

Favorite items as seen in Distant Suns (VR)

Download Distant Suns (Max) for iOS!