Distant Suns (+VR) by First Light (Universal)
Released: Aug 7, 2018
Version: 1.1.0
Size: 579 MB
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Distant Suns (+VR)

First Light
Have you ever wanted to travel through space? Me too!

Growing up in the 60s, it was hard to ignore the moon program. If there was a launch in the morning, my teachers knew I’d be late to school. Every Friday evening you would find me at my local observatory or planetarium. They were magic.

A planetarium was the closest thing I’d ever have to spaceflight, but I wanted my own. That was realized in 1987 with the first release of Distant Suns for the Commodore Amiga. Not long after that I got a fan letter:

“I’m really boggled. It’s beautiful, especially when the lights are off. I am totally awed by what you have done!” the late Arthur C. Clarke, author, 2001 A Space Odyssey.

And now, three decades later, 10 years in the Appstore, I am proud to introduce the latest and greatest version.

Sporting over a quarter-million stars, all constellations, galaxies and nebula, planets and major moons, Distant Suns is perfect for the whole family as a personal tutor to learn about the evening’s sky.

Considered one of the most beautiful apps for iOS, Distant Suns has been featured many times by Apple, including one of two featured apps on iPad launch day in 2010.

Now with VR support, you can immerse yourself in the heavens, free of the Earth to glide over the moon, rendezvous with Mars, watch Saturn eclipsing the sun.

Welcome to my planetarium.

•\tWith Virtual Reality mode you can orbit the moon, fly over Saturn’s rings or gaze as the summer sky wheels lazily above your head
•\tNearly 8000 galaxies, nebula and star clusters
•\tOver a quarter-million stars
•\tSave your favorites and cloud sync them with your other devices
•\tTrack which objects you’ve seen and those you want to see.
•\tThe What’s Up? Screen gives you an instant overview of the evening’s sky.
•\tNightvision mode to preserve dark-adapted eyes
•\tUp to date cloud patterns on Earth
•\tTear-off menus, resizable and draggable windows make for an easy to learn, yet powerful and customizable UI, with more to come. (iPad Only)
•\tDelicate and realistic planetary renderings
•\tThe Moon map names hundreds of lunar features as well as Apollo landing sites.
•\tAll 88 constellations, regretfully. There are just some constellations that shouldn’t be. Fornax, the Furnace? Really? Is that the best they can do? How about Musca the house-fly? Why not a termite or dung beetle? And don’t get me started on Triangulum, the Triangle. Why don’t we just name every collection of three stars The Triangle. A lot easier to remember and say than Camelopardalis. “Hey son, there’s the constellation The Triangle! And over there, Mars is in the constellation The Triangle. Did ya see that neat star cluster in the Southern Triangle?
•\tWhere was I? Oh...From zero to WOW is just one tap away.

What's new in version 1.1.0
•Nightvision mode preserves your eyesight under the darkest of skies.
•You can now place your eye-point at a fixed location near a planet or moon, so you can watch it move by in real time.
•You may now Lock your viewpoint when off the earth
•It is now possible to hover over Charon
•Added your local altitude in the About Box…
•The ground is much nicer looking.
•Tweaked the placement of a lot of the constellation images
•Numerous small cosmetic issues.
Our verdict: Ok
  • + Distant Suns (+VR) is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • + It is currently 25% off its regular price.
  • + The app is also at the lowest price we've seen.
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