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With iPhone 4S and new iPad you can literally speak your question using Dictation, on other devices you can type it.
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 or iPad 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 the names of the stars.
For support or to ask a question, feel free to send a direct message on Twitter to @CraicDesign or email email@example.com.
"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 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
• 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/iPad2 required for compass support)
• Tracks the ISS, 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.
• 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.
•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
•Jupiter's and Saturn's Moons (visible in a telescope)
•Regularly updated news section for viewing suggestions
•Night Vision mode
•Augmented Reality camera mode for use during evening/dawn on iPhone/iPad devices.
•Location found automatically or may be specified manually.
Note: No Craic Design app ever transmits personal data from your device.
Note: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names. Translations will be expanded with future releases.
Note: There is a slight bug in that if you open the Transit of Venus, the app will reset its clock every 30 seconds to the current time. If you wish to view future events, restart the app and all will be well. Sorry!
Thank you for your support, comments and feedback!
Here is what has changed in this version. Please see the app for more detailed information.
Fixed: Crash when opening Web page associated with Objects/Events.
Fixed: Constellation outlines corrected.
Fixed: Missing logo in ISS map view.
Improved: Co-ordinates are now displayed in HMS/DMS format.
Improved: Milky Way and daytime sky rendering.
Improved: A new way of adjusting the compass in Virtual Sky mode.
Improved: Martian surface updated using images from NASA's Opportunity.
Improved: You can now center on hidden objects when Sky and Horizon setting is turned off.
Updated: Monthly Sky data for July and August.
Updated: Removed Transit of Venus page - it'll be back in 105 years!
Misc: Other assorted bugs squashed.
The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysterious—but no less remarkable
It’s truly an impressive marvel. 5 Mice out of 5
..one of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, it’s a steal
As much as Star Walk is a fan favorite, we found that Pocket Universe gave us a lot more bang for the buck.