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 moreAbout 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.
Distant Suns is a great program! I've been using it on the Amiga since the early 90s (With all the data & image files, it came on about 15 floppy disks). Haven't seen the Windows/Mac versions, but I'm sure they are as good or better. Glad to hear Mike Smithwick & Co. are getting together with Astronomy!