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Distant Suns(max)

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Price: $4.99
Release Date: 2010-04-01
Category: Education
Developer: © First Light
Version: 5.0.2
App Size: 703 MB
Language: English
Rated: 4+

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Distant Suns: The night sky, reimagined.

2013 finalist in the Family category of TabTimes' best tablet app contest;

"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.

•Named in the "100 Essential Apps" by iLounge
•Featured on NPR's MarketPlace

Features include:

•No Internet required. Just a sense of wonder.
•View from the Earth or out in the solar system
•Simply aim and gaze.
•Over 18 million pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand (18 mil? Yup.)
•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 object 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 (or 9 for you purists)
•GPS aware
•Special color mode preserves your night vision.
•Touch the sky to reveal hidden data for each object
•Planetary data and information

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

Twitter: @distantsuns

What's New in Version 5.0.2
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* Added a new feature in Extra preferences, to use the compass just for heading, leaving the elevation manual. That can make it easier to follow objects high in the sky without having to hold the iPad/iPhone over your head
* Removed the "Boing" menu item
* Made the momentum swipe a little smoother.
* The local horizon with cardinal points defaults on for new installs
* Dimmed the compass rose a little and made it a bit smaller from a user request
* The Events display will now show only local events and not those from across the country

* Fixed a bug in star preferences that could cause a crash.
* The local events feature should now show only those events near you, and not all across the country
* Numerous other small bugs and feature tweaks
What's New in Version 5.0.1
● Added locations of all spacecraft that have landed or crashed on the moon.
● Added labels for the lower button bar
● Fixed a crash relating to iOS13
What's New in Version 5.0.0
Completely rewritten

●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
What's New in Version 3.4.16
● Fixed some issues due to iOS 11 changes that could have caused app exits
● Made some mods under the hood for the next major release
What's New in Version 3.4.14
•Now shows where each the Keck telescopes are pointing in real-time
•Twitter account no longer needed
What's New in Version 3.4.13
•Added support for the iPhone 6+ native screen resolution
•64-bit support
•Updated textures for several of Saturn's moons
•Fixed the usual "misunderstood features" (bugs), typos and the like
Note: The release notes shown here are grabbed from time to time from the iTunes servers, so maybe there's some missing versions.
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