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Distant Suns (max) - Unleash your inner astronaut!
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Distant Suns (max) - Unleash your inner astronaut!

by First Light Design, LLC
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

Price: $5.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.1.4
  • * Fixed some minor performance issues.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0096YJDNQ
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2012
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Set your location from any place on earth or off
  • Change the date and time to show the sky of the past or future, like a celestial time-machine in your hands
  • Learn the stories behind each constellation
  • Follow the moon through its phases, and the planets through their monthly dance
  • Unique to Distant Suns (max)You are no longer Earth-bound so you may fly out to the planets and watch them in their stately presence
  • Observe Saturn from behind, Jupiter from Io, the Earth from the Moon
  • Contains over 200 galaxies, nebula and star clusters, many within reach of binoculars
  • Touch the sky to view extensive data on each object
  • Perfect for the whole family. The only requirement is sense of wonder!
  • Unleash your inner astronaut today

Product Description

Distant Suns (max) astronomy app is an award-winning hand-held planetarium with over 25 years of development, offering you the new way to look at the sky from on the Earth to off. Sporting over 130,000 stars, all 8 (or is it 9?) planets, the sun and moon, constellations, galaxies, nebula and star clusters, Distant Suns offers a gracefully visual respite from a busy day.

While others play games, you can travel to the stars.

Technical Details

  • Size: 30.4MB
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Developed By: First Light Design, LLC
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access the vibration feature
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 5 minutes

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KFHD Problems Resolved November 2, 2012
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4/3/13 revision based on several hours' use of the version 1.1.0 update for the KFHD7 (Max version of the program).
Both issues mentioned in my original review (see below) have been fully and elegantly addressed in the 1.1.0 update. The program now asks at startup if you want to use Location Services. If not, location defaults to either your previously entered latitude and longitude, or to that of a city that you have entered. I use my own lat/long for accuracy. Selector wheels for entering latitude and longitude have been redone. They're easy to use and accurate.

Zoomed in, the program shows positions of the major moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and of Jupiter's Great Red Spot. If the positions are accurate, this program would be especially useful for observers with a telescope. They seem to be close, but I haven't verified.

Minor issue: Program launch dumped me back to the GUI (I use ADW) a couple of times but very rarely and not in any kind of pattern. I have not seen the kind of problems described in Tim Hendon's review for version 1.09.

This is a first class astronomy app for the KFHD. It shows you the sky around you, at any time and place, at the level of detail you specify. Controls are intuitive, display is attractive, information is extensive. This is the one to get. Thanks, Mike - 5 stars.

Original review dated 11/2/12:
This otherwise excellent app has 2 unresolved issues on the KFHD:

1) Location Services must be enabled before the app will run. This is a nuisance and a waste of power unless you are away from known locations. The app ignores its own Use Location Services (on/off)setting.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best astronomy app I have seen for the Kindle December 26, 2012
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This app brings strong functionality and clean design and is more capable than any other app I have been able to find that will run on Kindle Fire and Fire HD
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I still DO believe Pluto is a Planet; Take That IAU January 2, 2014
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All joking aside (well not really a joke as I WILL continue to consider Pluto a Planet, and love the settings menu text) this is a great app for those who are looking something more than just GSky. Interface is well done, there is a lot of information to explore and app works well. Another reviewer stated it would not work without Internet yet after first run I closed the app, shut my Internet connection and restarted the app it working no problem. Not sure why they had problems.

I currently use several other astronomy apps, the main one being Sky Safari Pro but it's cost is too inflated to recommend. This app, Distant Suns has enough material it should be sufficient for most people who don't own a crazy high powered telescope (which I unfortunately do not own as well).

Thank you!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is a wonderful astronomy tool that is just packed with information. It is beautifully designed and easy to use for the most part. I enjoy even just scrolling through the detailed databases about the objects in our own solar system. On the bottom of the screen is the basic tool bar and please note that if you are in the portrait mode you will be only seeing part of the available functions. You can switch to the landscape mode or scroll the bar with your finger.

I looked at the data on the planets and objects in our solar system and I cannot figure out why the other planets and our moon have locks beside them. I have looked through the instructions and cannot find any references to the locks or how to open them. I even went to the developer's web page and touched FAQs only to get an Error 404-page not found message. I don't understand what the word Max means in the app's title when key items in our own solar system are locked. Because of the lack of an explanation on what the locked symbol means and why it is locked, I deducted one star.

Overall this is a good and educational tool. I rate it as a 4 star item.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app finally ported from IOS. September 16, 2012
By Rick D.
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Distant Suns is a very long running astronomy app that was originally published for the Amiga series of computers, and it's the best astronomy app I've found so far for Android.

While it's listed for only Nook and Kindle Fire, I've been running it on a Nexus 7 for a few days and it works flawlessly for me. No crashes or odd behavior.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Distant Suns (Max) or Distant Suns ( Disappearing) March 28, 2013
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Finally, I am able to enter my coordinates for my home location.
Location based services also seem to be working for the first time.
Now the problem that really needs to be addressed:

Since the upgrade, v.1.0.9, app is force closing approx. half the time.
Previous version never had this problem. After two or three tries,
the app finally loads, and everything is wonderful. Much better than
the older version just because the night sky is in the correct orientation.
I will definitely give Distant Suns 5 stars when these bugs are finally eliminated.

And yes, I tried all the usual fixes for the Kindle Fire. Uninstall and
reinstall, clear the memory cache, perform a hard reset, etc.,etc.
Nothing seems to eliminate this problem. I guess I will have to wait
for the next upgrade which will hopefully include bug fixes!

Update: Same problem exists in v. 1.1.0.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is an easy to use app. I find myself going outside trying to find the constellations that are showing up on my tablet. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Austin Duerfeldt
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't understand the game.
The tutorial was not very good. I could not understand the controls and it didn't work well for me. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.
Published 6 days ago by Cres
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular App!
I generally don't have much to say but for Distant Suns an exception is in order.
This is by far the coolest app I've found for my Kindroid x8. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mark Hammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good app!
Astronomy has been a hobby for me for some time now. This app helps teach you about different planets/galaxies. Read more
Published 13 days ago by nate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great app
The data & info is marvelous. I use Google Sky Map but it has nothing compared to Distant Suns. It does not have the details and will not let you hold and zoom. Read more
Published 16 days ago by cerferperry
3.0 out of 5 stars a little awkward on the Kindle Fire HD
I've only used it for a few days, and it is my first experience with "mobile" planetarium software. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Susan G Nordhausen
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch App for finding stars and constellations at...
I've been using this on my Kindle and its been quite helpful. It has a nice time feature where you can see what's below the horizon. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Charles H. Griswold
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome but cumbersome
This is an amazing compilation of astronomy images combined into a product that can be easily navigated. It lags some on a Kindle Fire due to the size of some of the files. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Team Worm
4.0 out of 5 stars It is okay
This program is okay yet have another program that I prefer and do not actually use it that much.Would be okay for kids.
Published 23 days ago by tim57064
3.0 out of 5 stars Hubby purchase
The husband does not write revies, I do. It is rare that he will butr when he does you can take his remarks to the bank. Read more
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