What's New

A wise man once said "You might think it's a long way to the shops, but that's just peanuts to space". He might also have said "Hey, my copy of Pocket Universe stopped working on my iOS 5 device!"

Yes, the update to 5.0 broke iOS 5 support (talk about a numerology mix up).

This update resolves that (i.e. it works again!) and also fixes an issue with Tonight's Sky and other web-based views from working in landscape mode.

Clear skies!

App Description

"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.

Apple App Store Staff Favorite


Voted Best Educational iPhone Application by AppAdvice

Note: Currently iOS 6 or better required! A fix for iOS 5 users has been submitted.

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 the names of constellations, bright stars, planets and more. You can literally hold up your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch 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 more about astronomy that you thought possible.

Every night there is something to see: Pocket Universe will provide you a list of suggestions, as well as give you regularly updated news and observation tips - which you can even share with your friends.

You don’t need to be an expert to use Pocket Universe, and everything you see has a useful pop-up information window and links to Wikipedia for the latest information.

Pocket Universe is updated regularly with new features: for example, this release adds the brightest satellites to the display.

With over 80,000 stars, beautiful textures, built-in quiz games, updated news, lunar phases, information on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, an Orrery view, and more, there’s so much to explore.

For support or to ask a question, feel free to send a direct message on Twitter to @CraicDesign or email info@craicdesign.com.

Key Features

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. Note: If the compass doesn't align, press and hold on the compass button WHILE ALSO moving the device around. This procedure will be improved in the next update.

Easy-to-use astronomy application, which focuses on helping you answer the question "What's that in the sky?"
• Works on all iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5 (iOS 6 recommended) (hardware compass support required for automatic view updates)
• Tracks the International Space Station, 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.
Works in Northern Hemisphere and ‘Down Under’ too.
• 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.

Note: This app NEVER transmits personal data from your device.

Note: iOS 6.x is recommended.

Note: Non-English localizations focus on solar system objects and constellation names.

Note: If you are looking for an app that can control telescopes, search for SkyQ from Celestron, which is based on Pocket Universe.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

March 10, 2014 New version 5.4.1
February 05, 2014 New version 5.4.0
January 29, 2014 New version 5.3.9
November 20, 2013 New version 5.3.8
November 12, 2013 New version 5.3.7
November 07, 2013 New version 5.3.6
March 26, 2009 Initial Release

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