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Distant Suns (max) - Unleash your inner astronaut!

by First Light Design, LLC
Rated: All Ages

Price: $5.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
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This app needs permission to access:

  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Open network sockets
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Latest Updates

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

Product Details



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 )
  • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
  • Open network sockets
  • Access the vibration feature
  • Write to external storage
Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
Approximate Download Time: Less than 5 minutes

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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).
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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:
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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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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.

Permissions:
* Precise location (GPS and network based) - this is used to help arrange the star maps based upon your present location. If your device does not have a GPS or a WIFI connection you can enter in the location of the closest city or Geo Coordinates. When you start the app it will ask you to allow access to your current location.
* Modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
* Full network access
* Control vibration

This app does not contain any adware or malware. It also does not contain any Analytics programs.

The app loaded 31.78MB into my device memory and I am unable to transfer it to my SD card.
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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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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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This application is intuitive, easy to use, beautiful when you are using it, and best of all, worthwhile.

You get a clear and customizable view of the night sky. I realize that in some places you can still accomplish the same thing by stepping outside and looking up. However, in this case you have options for immediate access to names, facts, and groupings like constellations. You can also easily zoom in to get a closer look at a section of the sky.

I own (and have paid more for) similar software for my iProducts and this one, thanks to clear graphics and the way information is presented, provides a much more immersive experience. I know I'll be out tonight, along with my family, to use this program and get a better appreciation of what's been hanging over our heads for so long.

If you are reading this while the product is still free I urge you to give it a try. If it's after "today" then you may still want to "gamble" the few dollars on some recreational software that is much more than a game.

To answer some potential questions...

You can set your location by selecting Prefs (along the bottom ribbon of icons) and then "When and Where" from the list that pops up.
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