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Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy

Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy



There's never been a better time to get into Astronomy! Start off easy. with an app that will guide you around the night sky - and even entertain you a little when the skies are cloudy.

"The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysterious—but no less remarkable", MacWorld

"It’s truly an impressive marvel. 5 Mice out of 5", MacWorld.

"..one of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, it’s a steal", Cult of Mac.

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Voted Best Educational iPhone Application by AppAdvice


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Pocket Universe

Have you ever looked up at the night sky, and wondered what exactly you were looking at? Pocket Universe is an easy-to-use app that will help you learn the names of constellations, bright stars, planets and more. You can literally hold up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch in front of you, and the app will use the built-in compass to display the same view of the sky you see - but one that's complete with names and information.

Then explore the Solar System, and take virtual walks on the surface of the Moon and Mars, before playing a game to help you learn more about astronomy that you thought possible.

Every night there is something to see: Pocket Universe will provide you a list of suggestions, as well as give you regularly updated news and observation tips - which you can even share with your friends.

You don’t need to be an expert to use Pocket Universe, and everything you see has a useful pop-up information window and links to Wikipedia for the latest information.

With over 80, 000 stars, beautiful textures, built-in quiz games, updated news, lunar phases, information on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, an Orrery view, and more, there’s so much to explore.

For support or to ask a question, feel free to send a direct message on Twitter to @CraicDesign or email john@craicdesign.com.

Key Features

Pocket Universe was the first iPhone astronomy app to support the built-in compass, and it was also the first to add a true augmented reality view using the iPhone's built-in camera! Use the camera view in the evening or morning sky to overlay the labelled view over the real sky.

Simply hold up your iPhone in front of you, and the view will be exactly what you see - but with names and information at your fingertips. Move the iPhone around to see the view change in real-time. As previous iPhone models and the iPod Touch do not have a compass, the up/down movement is automatic, but you will need to drag the display left/right yourself.

Easy-to-use astronomy application, which focuses on helping you answer the question "What's that in the sky?"

• Works on all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5 (iOS 7 recommended)

• Tracks the International Space Station, and predicts sightings

• Special "Show Me" mode will guide you to named stars, planets, constellations as well as the brightest galaxies and nebulae.

• "Tonight's Sky" and "Objects and Events" will keep you up-to-date, and give you suggestions for what to look for when you head outside.

• Constellation and Star Quiz to help you learn your way around the sky.

• Works in Northern Hemisphere and ‘Down Under’ too.

• Links to Wikipedia articles for the latest information.

• Responsive customer support, frequent updates.

Please note: Network access is only required to view supplementary web-based news and Wikipedia text. This app never transmits data from your device.

Note: iOS 8.x is recommended.

Note: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names.

What's New in Version 5.9.7

Pocket Universe continues to be updated, fixed, and improved.

Support for iMessage - send your friends the current Moon phase or monthly sky news

Astronomical events for 2017

*Bug fixes*
Daylight time graph
Location setting
Other things..

Sorry there's nothing amusing in this What's New but.. you know.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars

Amzingly good and chock full of features!

(From a 41-year-old software engineer.). I can say from experience that people and companies very rarely ever create software of this quality unless the person(s) creating it is driven by some compulsive desire or love to continue improving it with some kind of desire to acheive, in practice, the ideal perfections they conceive in their mind.

An early story of my own: got a new telescope; saw a bright evening star in the blue, evening sky; grabbed my scope to find out what it was; quickly recognized it as Jupiter; had a hard time keeping it in view, but white specs that I assumed were due to lens flaws helped lead me back when I got close. Then I had a eureka! "I bet those are Jupiter's moons!" I opened my Pocket Universe app, went to the Jupiter screen, and found that it showed exactly where those moons were supposed to be at that time. And what I saw through the scope matched the layout exactly! --If you don't already know, the relation of those moons to Jupiter change noticably by the hour(s), so to exactly calculate and show where they were at that very point in time gave me even greater respect for and confidence in the app than I already had.

My statement here only highlights a very small aspect of the app. Considering all it's other features, I can't imagine ever needing another astronomy app, nor much of any kind of other reference for the sky.

Thanks so much!

3/5 stars

Great when it works

I love this ap and have learned from it after only a month. Unfortunately it breaks often so it has lots of updates and down time. Each time you have to reset personal settings- also a pain. I hope the bugs will be fixed!

5/5 stars

We use it nightly

We sleep outside all thru the summer and have pUniverse with every night. It never fails to inform us what we are looking at, to predict what's coming and to get us oriented generally. One of my most used apps.


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