What's New

Plenty of updates in this version!

* New-look dashboard display, with a mini-What's Up view (tap it for the full-sized one)
* First version of a "Night sky tour" feature, to point out interesting things to look for. Let me know if you like it!
* Many, many bugs sent to the big bug farm.

Hey! Having any issues after the update? Please let me know! Tap "Extras" and "About" for Support information, thanks!

App Description

There's never been a better time to get into Astronomy! Start off easy. with an app that will guide you around the night sky - and even entertain you a little when the skies are cloudy.

"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

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

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Pocket Universe

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.

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 8.x is recommended.

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

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • 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
  • September 28, 2011 New version 4.0.1
  • October 26, 2011 New version 4.1
  • November 20, 2011 New version 4.2
  • December 03, 2011 New version 4.2.1
  • December 19, 2011 New version 4.3
  • January 06, 2012 New version 4.3.1
  • January 24, 2012 New version 4.4
  • February 14, 2012 New version 4.4.1
  • February 16, 2012 New version 4.4.2
  • March 08, 2012 New version 4.5
  • March 23, 2012 New version 4.5.1
  • May 04, 2012 New version 4.5.2
  • May 17, 2012 New version 4.6
  • May 17, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • May 22, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • May 27, 2012 New version 4.6.1
  • June 06, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • June 07, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • June 09, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $1.99
  • June 12, 2012 Price decrease: $1.99 -> $0.99
  • June 22, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $1.99
  • July 23, 2012 New version 4.6.2
  • September 15, 2012 New version 4.6.3
  • September 24, 2012 New version 4.6.4
  • November 02, 2012 New version 4.7
  • November 03, 2012 New version 4.7.2
  • November 11, 2012 New version 4.7.3
  • November 22, 2012 New version 4.7.4
  • January 19, 2013 New version 4.7.5
  • January 24, 2013 New version 4.7.6
  • February 16, 2013 New version 4.7.7
  • March 06, 2013 Price increase: $1.99 -> $2.99
  • March 07, 2013 New version 4.7.8
  • May 26, 2013 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • May 29, 2013 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • July 03, 2013 New version 5.0.2
  • August 16, 2013 New version 5.1.6
  • September 24, 2013 New version 5.3.3
  • September 27, 2013 New version 5.3.4
  • October 19, 2013 New version 5.3.5
  • November 07, 2013 New version 5.3.6
  • November 13, 2013 New version 5.3.7
  • November 21, 2013 New version 5.3.8
  • December 21, 2013 New version 5.3.9
  • February 05, 2014 New version 5.4.0
  • March 11, 2014 New version 5.4.1
  • August 12, 2015 New version 5.5
  • September 06, 2015 New version 5.6.13
  • September 06, 2015 Price increase: $2.99 -> $3.99
  • November 05, 2015 New version 5.7
  • December 10, 2015 New version 5.8
  • December 20, 2015 New version 5.9
  • December 22, 2015 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $1.99
  • January 01, 2016 Price increase: $1.99 -> $2.99
  • February 20, 2016 New version 5.9.3
  • July 12, 2016 New version 5.9.4