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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad

Price: $2.99

Category: Education

Updated: May 26, 2012

Version: 4.6.1

Size: 49.3 MB

Seller: John Kennedy

Rated 4+

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

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Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy by Craic Design

Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy Screenshots


New! Prepare for the Transit of Venus. Track your observations and compete with friends using Achievements!

With iPhone 4S and new iPad you can literally speak your question using Dictation, on other devices you can type it.

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!

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

"The app works beautifully, making astronomy a bit less mysteriousbut no less remarkable", MacWorld

"Its truly an impressive marvel. 5 Mice out of 5", MacWorld.

" of the prettiest and easiest to use. And at three bucks, its a steal", Cult of Mac.

Augmented Reality

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

Key Features

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: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names. Translations will be expanded with future releases.

What's New in Version 4.6.1

Are you ready for the Transit of Venus, on June 5/6? Pocket Universe will help you track it in this latest update.

This version also fixes some bugs that got into 4.6 with all the excitement of adding Achievement support, and being distracted by the Annular Eclipse of May 2012. The most important fix is the correction of the labels in the Moon map to actually point to their intended targets.

New! Track the Transit of Venus
Fixed: Information panel no longer hidden from Find menu
Fixed: Days of Month corrected in Moon Phase display
Fixed: Rendered Solar system objects now hidden in Quiz mode
Fixed: Resolved issue with Moon Phase dismiss button becoming hidden
Improved: Display of labels in Moon Map
Other assorted bugs squashed

Customer Reviews

Pocket Universe (5 stars)
It is a wonderful ominous experience filled with amazement, discovery,, knowledge and awe.

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