The "Astronomy"/"Distant Suns" partnership

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Credit: Distant Suns
As I’ve mentioned recently, Astronomy magazine has proudly entered into a partnership with the terrific planetarium software program Distant Suns, which is available for virtually every platform and device you can imagine. I’m pleased to share with you the official press release from Mike Smithwick and Frank Colin of Distant Suns, below:

Distant Suns Astronomy App and Astronomy Magazine Announce Strategic Partnership

News ticker of up-to-date space and astronomy news as well as content from Astronomy magazine and now appear within Distant Suns astronomy app.

First Light Design (Distant Suns) and Astronomy magazine announced a strategic partnership today. Content and up-to-date space and astronomy news from Astronomy magazine and will now stream in a ticker within the Distant Suns astronomy app for iOS devices. Distant Suns can be downloaded from the App Store.

“At Astronomy, we’re very excited to have this partnership with Distant Suns, the leading planetarium software program in the business," said Dave Eicher, editor of Astronomy magazine. "We know that our readers and viewers will value using Distant Suns' app out under the stars night after night.”

“I am very thrilled about Distant Suns’ partnership with Astronomy magazine,” said Mike Smithwick, founder and president of First Light Design. “Over the next few months, I intend to link Distant Suns with additional content from the magazine and its website to enhance our users’ time out under the heavens.”

About Distant Suns Astronomy App

Features include:
•    View the stars from Earth or out in the solar system
•    Augmented Reality Viewing overlays the sky with the local landscape (iOS only)
•    Current stars and solar systems being monitored by the SETI Institute's Allan Telescope Array, as it listens for possible extraterrestrial civilizations (iOS only)
•    What’s Up? Offers an overview of the evening’s sky
•    GPS and Compass awareness
•    NASA’s Night Sky Network of local astronomical events (US iOS only)
•    Over 300,000 planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and star clusters
•    Interactive tour of the solar system
•    And much more

About First Light Design

First Light Design, LLC, is a privately owned company. It first released Distant Suns for the Commodore Amiga in 1987, followed by versions for Macintosh and Windows. Recently, Distant Suns has partnered with NASA's Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to include local, United States listings of astronomical events and activities in the app. It has also partnered with the SETI Institute to provide real-time monitoring of Allen Telescope Array extraterrestrial targets. First Light Design is a proud member of Moms With Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers with family-friendly apps. Details about the company and its products can be found at Distant Suns.

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