Sunday, November 14, 2010

Distant Suns 3: Unleash Your Inner Astronaut 3.1.3 iPhone and iPod Touch

Distant Suns 3: Unleash Your Inner Astronaut 3.1.3 iPhone and iPod Touch
“The most beautiful computer program anywhere! Thanks!!” comment received on Twitter
In 1987 Distant Suns first put the universe on your desktop. In 2010 it puts the universe in your shirt pocket (or briefcase if you have an iPad). Originally started in 1985, it has become one of most venerable software titles around.
Sporting a database of over 300,000 stars, along with nebula and galaxies and solar system simulator, 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 watchers and serious astronomers alike.
•Named in the “100 Essential Apps” by iLounge
• Featured on NPR’s MarketPlace, October, 2010
•5 Stars from,
•5 Stars in
[NOTE: IPhone 3GS/4 and iPad level devices are recommended. 2G devices are ok, for 1G go to Distant Suns 2 instead];
Features include:
•View from the Earth or out in the solar-system with the new Spaceflight mode
•Compass aware for the iPhone 3GS level machines and iPad. Just aim and identify.
•Over 300,000 pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand
•Realistic ghostly band of the Milky Way
•All 88 constellations with images and articles on their mythology
•Viewpoint Lock keeps any planet centered
•Current weather patterns on the earth, updated every 3 hours
•Preference panel to change the way stars are rendered in over a dozen different ways.
•The Messier catalog of galaxies, nebula and star clusters
•Dozens of photos from the Hubble Space Telescope
•All 8 planets (Pluto is optional)
•GPS aware
•Red interface to preserve your night vision
•What’s Up? Gives a quick one snapshot overview of where all of the important stuff is
•Point and Identify mode reveals a wealth of hidden data for each star, planet or deep-sky object
•Planetary data and information
While others are playing games, you can travel to the stars.
Twitter: distantsuns, lazyastronomer
AIM : lazyastronomer
What’s new in Version 3.1.3
? Re-enabled Twitter support again, which now uses a higher security login model. Go to Prefs->System->Twitter
? Added links to the preference help menu to make for easier navigation
? Added a new preference under Extras: Auto-zoom while Slewing. Uncheck this if you don’t want the slewing function to zoom in automatically.
? The sun and moon images should now be correctly sized
? The toolbar help should be working properly
? Fixed possible crash condition when examining M109 and M110
? Added missing descriptions to several of the M objects
? The moon’s distance should be less wacky

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