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
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.
Having seen a couple other astronomy apps now (Orrery and Stellarium Mobile Sky Map), I can say DISTANT SUNS certainly seems exhaustive in details. Interestingly enough, DISTANT SUNS has been around since the Commodore Amiga... I thought the name seemed very familiar. This goes a long way in explaining the polished presentation and technical information (ORRERY is very pretty, very glitzy, but basically a toy app).
Minimal permissions - in fact, if you have your LOCATION BASED SERVICES turned off (like I do) via your device settings, the GPS permission is moot. There isn't an in-app option to turn it on or off; it must be done via your own system option. Zero code concerns as well (no analytics at all!). Runs at 74mbs RAM and installed at 33mbs, but with no option to move it to my SD card. Back-key does exit cleanly for me.
DISTANT SUNS won't teach you how to be an astronomer, presupposing basic knowledge about the field, but it does a grand job of giving you the information you will want. Also, this one has a far better in-app explanation of what everything does than the other two. There is a [?] in the lower right that gives a pretty good break-down of the app's settings, layout, and default workings.
How does this stack up graphically to the other two I have played with? Well, it does away with most of the visual bling, like planet horizons and animated hokery-pokery while still remaining visually interesting and a ton of customization options. DISTANT SUNS strikes me as appropriate for the more serious, older student who doesn't need (or want) flash-bang eye candy, just a quality reference map. DISTANT SUNS definitely fits the bill!
I, too, am slightly confused by what exactly the lock icons denote by the planets in the selection screen, but it doesn't seem to prevent any sort of functionality whatsoever, so I assume they are merely a visual reference of some sort, perhaps meaning they are currently locked into their sky positions?
I have had Distant Suns for a long time on my Ipod Touch. But since my Ipod is so old (2nd gen) it is stuck in IOS 2, and is obsolete. Now that I have Kindle Fire HD this is the first app I looked for, and it's great that it is here! My only complaint is that the Ipod version used to zoom through space when using the rocket ship to travel to planets, and the Kindle version is just there. I'd like to go back to that travel zoom, it was cool to see the planets from a distance and then come in close. Oh well. I'd also like to figure what the lock is for on the planets....... ideas?
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 x8.9 All seems to be in order now functionally. It's different in some ways: For most uses (reading books and web pages) I keep the brightness at about 50% for Distant Suns it needs to be at least 90% brightness, which is fine. I'm learning a lot with this app. Now I have to get a solid concept of Right Ascension and Declination and other Astronomical qualities. This app will keep me fascinated for many hours no doubt. The only thing that seems strange is that the display flickers, especially the Sun image. Nothing else on my Kindroid flickers, but that's OK, maybe it's supposed to. I like to use a 60deg field and keep 'Perpetual Motion' on when using Now time. Thanks so much First Light Design, once again...SPECTACULAR!
I've used Google Sky Map for quite some time, but there are just some features that it seems to be missing. Distant Suns does a great job of filling that gap, although it comes in the form of another similar app.
My daughter and I particularly like the graphic representations of the constellations, planets, etc. The other great feature is the "rocket" feature that allows you to fly out to distant planets and moons and get a look at them. It's a lot of fun.
Those features are great, but the one that I like the most, and is not available with Google Sky Map (or that I haven't yet figured out how to use) is the ability to bring your view around to any object and see its relation to other objects in the sky, helping you get a good idea of where it is without hopelessly searching a cluttered background of objects (I realize you can turn objects off in both apps, but I like to have them all on).
As something less than an amateur star gazer (I just recently started to get more interested, so I consider myself pre-amateur), this app is a ton of fun, and an excellent compliment to the free Google App. I picked up Distant Suns as the free app of the day, but would absolutely put out a few bucks for it. I don't know that it is totally worth the original price, but it's close. The original price is the only reason that I marked it as 4 stars instead of 5.
This application was attempted on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and I am pleased to report that I find this tool very well designed and detailed in all respects. At first the information is very overwhelming but honestly after few hours of using this tool and getting the hang of it I find that it grows onto you and proves very useful.
There are other alternatives to this for example 'SkySafari Pro' which is currently available only on Google Play which could be the next best in comparison but that app costs arms and legs. IMHO, For encouraging a budding new astronaut to take his or her's telescope out to view the stars and planets for mere $6 dollars is well worth the purchase.
Every child is special. Some can be encouraged to become the next budding new astronaut, this could very easily be the one of the steps in the right direction.