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Day 47

It rains, how it rains! I’ve not seen the sky for three months now. I’m worried that it no longer exists, and the grey clouds that press and flatten us will continue until the end of time. What is the Sun? What is the Moon? I can no longer recall. Is this living?


Day 50

Today it stopped raining for half an hour, but only so that it could hail. Then the rain restarted. Seattle is a place of no seasons, only rain that is sometimes cold and sometimes very cold.


Day 55

My last umbrella has broken. I don’t know how I’m going to cope now. I am afraid, so very afraid. The constant drip, drip, drip of rain on my head is pushing me to the very limits of my sanity.


Day 57

I dreamt of the stars last night. Tiny points of light, in the cold, clear sky. At first I thought they were taunting me, mocking, laughing at me. Then I realized they were guiding me, trying to help. They moved and danced and made shapes in the sky. When I awoke in the morning, I had the clear phrase “go to the app store” in my mind.

I looked, and there it was: Pocket Universe. Soon, in my hands, I had the sky. Clear, and beautiful, with the Sun blinding me, and Moon calming me.. and those blessed stars, helping me! My tiny friends. My only friends.

I wept, I wept tears of joy. The sky is back!

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This version contains:

* Bug fixes, and resolves an issue which prevented Motion Tracking working on some devices.

* New split-screen mode for Stereo viewing with suitable hardware.

If you like Pocket Universe, please consider giving it a rating or a review on the App Store.

Not only does a nice review mean that my ego can heal from the typical reviews one tends to see (This app didn’t cure my premature balding! 1 star! This app didn’t make me feel less of a failure! No stars! This app didn’t make me as attractive I was led to believe! -1 stars), but it means other people are more likely to buy the app. If more people buy it, I’ve more incentive to continue supporting it. That said, I’ve been working on this app in one form or another since 1999 and so I’m not likely to stop now, curse you!

App Description

Note: Interested in beta testing the next version? Contact me with your email address :-)

"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

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.

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 [email protected]

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 7 recommended)
• 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. This app never transmits data from your device.

Note: iOS 7.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 Screenshots

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App Changes

  • March 11, 2014 New version 5.4.1
  • February 05, 2014 New version 5.4.0
  • December 21, 2013 New version 5.3.9
  • November 21, 2013 New version 5.3.8
  • November 13, 2013 New version 5.3.7
  • November 07, 2013 New version 5.3.6
  • October 19, 2013 New version 5.3.5
  • September 27, 2013 New version 5.3.4
  • September 24, 2013 New version 5.3.3
  • August 16, 2013 New version 5.1.6
  • July 03, 2013 New version 5.0.2
  • May 29, 2013 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • May 26, 2013 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • March 07, 2013 New version 4.7.8
  • March 06, 2013 Price increase: $1.99 -> $2.99
  • February 16, 2013 New version 4.7.7
  • January 24, 2013 New version 4.7.6
  • January 19, 2013 New version 4.7.5
  • November 22, 2012 New version 4.7.4
  • November 11, 2012 New version 4.7.3
  • November 03, 2012 New version 4.7.2
  • November 02, 2012 New version 4.7
  • September 24, 2012 New version 4.6.4
  • September 15, 2012 New version 4.6.3
  • July 23, 2012 New version 4.6.2
  • June 22, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • June 12, 2012 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • June 09, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $1.99
  • June 07, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • June 06, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • May 27, 2012 New version 4.6.1
  • May 22, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • May 17, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • May 17, 2012 New version 4.6
  • May 04, 2012 New version 4.5.2
  • March 23, 2012 New version 4.5.1
  • March 08, 2012 New version 4.5
  • February 16, 2012 New version 4.4.2
  • February 14, 2012 New version 4.4.1
  • January 24, 2012 New version 4.4
  • January 06, 2012 New version 4.3.1
  • December 19, 2011 New version 4.3
  • December 03, 2011 New version 4.2.1
  • November 20, 2011 New version 4.2
  • October 26, 2011 New version 4.1
  • September 28, 2011 New version 4.0.1
  • June 03, 2011 New version 3.10
  • May 22, 2011 New version 3.9.9.6
  • April 30, 2011 New version 3.9.9.5
  • April 21, 2011 New version 3.9.9.3
  • April 15, 2011 New version 3.9.9.1
  • April 08, 2011 New version 3.9.9
  • November 04, 2010 New version 3.9
  • October 16, 2010 New version 3.8
  • October 05, 2010 New version 3.7
  • September 04, 2010 New version 3.6
  • August 23, 2010 New version 3.5.1
  • August 16, 2010 New version 3.5
  • August 03, 2010 New version 3.4
  • July 31, 2010 New version 3.3
  • July 16, 2010 New version 3.2.1
  • July 07, 2010 New version 2.3
  • June 25, 2010 New version 2.2
  • June 17, 2010 New version 2.1
  • June 03, 2010 New version 2.0.5
  • March 04, 2010 New version 1.9.4.1
  • February 25, 2010 New version 1.9.4
  • February 10, 2010 New version 1.9.3
  • January 26, 2010 New version 1.9.2
  • January 14, 2010 New version 1.9.1
  • January 09, 2010 New version 1.8.6
  • January 06, 2010 New version 1.8.5
  • December 04, 2009 New version 1.8.4
  • November 08, 2009 New version 1.8.3
  • September 24, 2009 New version 1.8.2
  • September 21, 2009 New version 1.8.1
  • August 17, 2009 New version 1.8
  • July 24, 2009 New version 1.7.1
  • July 17, 2009 New version 1.7
  • July 02, 2009 New version 1.6
  • June 15, 2009 New version 1.5
  • May 01, 2009 Price increase: $1.99 -> $2.99
  • April 15, 2009 New version 1.1

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