LANGUAGES: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Swedish
REQUIREMENTS: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.
Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy
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 constellations, bright stars and planets. You can literally hold up your iPhone 3GS/4 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. If you want your kids to learn the constellations, or to impress a date with the names of the stars, this is the only app you need.
Note: The new iPod Touch with built-in gyroscopes is already supported. Just face North and tap the Motion control. :-)
"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.
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 3GS 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.
• Apple App Store Staff Favorite
• Voted Best Educational iPhone Application by AppAdvice
Pocket Universe now supports the iPad as well as iPhone. There is also an iPad specific version available which includes more features and with a user interface optimized for the larger screen.
• Easy-to-use astronomy application, which focuses on helping you answer the question "What's that in the sky?"• Works on all iPhones and iPod Touch devices with latest firmware (iPhone 3GS/4 required for compass support)
• 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 Quiz to help you learn your way around the sky.
• 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. The rendering of the 3D sky and positions of the stars and planets are all calculated in real-time with no access to 3G, Edge or WiFi required.
•Plots the position of the Sun, Moon and Planets (including Pluto)
•Displays 10,000 stars and the Messier Catalog of Deep Sky objects.
•Draws Constellations outlines, with mythological artwork
•Lunar phases for the current, next and previous months
•Plan observations with list of meteor showers and visible planets
•Constellation and Star Quiz games help you learn your way around the sky
•Jupiter's and Saturn's Moons (visible in a telescope)
•Regularly updated news section for viewing suggestions
•Night Vision mode
•Augmented Reality mode for use during Twilight on iPhone devices.
•Location found automatically or may be specified manually.
For support or to ask a question, feel free to send a direct message on Twitter to @CraicDesign.
Note: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names. Translations will be expanded with future releases.
New! ISS Tracking, with generated list of sighting opportunities
New! State-of-the-art night vision-safe red flashlight
New! Added 'Quick menu' option to view Search and Info menus as icons, rather than lists.
Fixed issues when other apps launch Pocket Universe
Fixed camera issues with Augmented Reality mode
Corrected M33 image
Added more data to Objects and Events pop-up information panel
Fixed more bugs