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Distant Suns (Lite): The new way to look at the sky - version 1.6.0B1

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Sporting a database of thousands of stars, nebula and galaxies, Distant Suns has earned the reputation of both having one of the most realistic displays of the night sky, while being one of the easiest to use astronomy programs available for the most casual sky watcher and serious telescope jockey alike.

Features include:
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 Categories: Education Apps  Reference Apps 

 Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 by 6811 users

 Released: February 23, 2009

 Updated: December 27, 2012

 Version: 1.6.0B1 (34.9MB)

 Compatibility: iPhone app and iPod app, running on iOS 5 or higher

 Related: Distant Apps  Lite: Apps 

Description

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Sporting a database of thousands of stars, nebula and galaxies, Distant Suns has earned the reputation of both having one of the most realistic displays of the night sky, while being one of the easiest to use astronomy programs available for the most casual sky watcher and serious telescope jockey alike.

Features include:

•Thousands of pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand (but not nearly as scratchy)
•Realistic ghostly band of the Milky Way
•All 88 constellations with articles on their mythology
•All 9 planets (yes, we feel that little Pluto got a bad rap so in the Distant Suns universe it is still a planet)
•Sun and Moon
•GPS aware
•What's Up? Gives a quick snapshot overview of where all of the important stuff is
•Easy one-handed operation.
•Point and Identify mode reveals the hidden data for each of the stars, planets and deep-sky wonders
•Up to date Planetary data
•IM the author with astronomical questions. And he may answer if he's not napping. AIM Handle: lazyastronomer. Also on twitter at distantsuns.

What do the paid versions have that this doesn't?

• Universal version so it runs on both the iPhone and iPad (Distant Suns (max) only)
• The ability to change date/time and accelerate time to study the heavenly motions
• Up to 300,000 stars, down to magnitude 10
• Mythical figures for all constellations
• The ability to fine tune the star's sizes and images from simple to stunning
• Be able to filter out dimmer stars to match your local sky
• Compass support for iPhone and iPad. Just aim the phone at the sky and see what you're looking at.
• Augmented Reality: displays the stars on top of your phones video image
• Nightvision mode keeps your eyes dark-adapted when outside at night
• Smoothly slews to each object when selected

"The most beautiful computer program anywhere! Thanks!!" comment received on Twitter

Distant Suns: The new way to look at the sky.

Version notes (1.6.0B1)

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•Astronomy Magazine Newsticker shows up-to-date space & astronomy news
•Keep up to date with local space and astronomy events
•See what targets the SETI institute is monitoring for possible extraterrestrial signals.
•Far prettier stars
•Planets now show their disks
•Deep-sky wonders display with icons instead of points.
•New Caldwell catalog adds extra objects in the southern skies
•Many bug fixes and UI tweaks

Versions:
1.6.0B1 - December 27, 2012 - free - 34.9MB
1.6.1 - June 9, 2013 - free - 40.4MB
1.6.2 - July 24, 2013 - free - 93.6MB
1.6.3 - August 29, 2013 - free - 93.8MB
1.6.4 - October 17, 2013 - free - 100.4MB
1.6.6 - October 30, 2013 - free - 101MB
1.6.7 - November 13, 2013 - free - 101MB
1.6.8 - December 14, 2013 - free - 116.4MB