What's New

Meanwhile, far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy, on a planet orbiting a small unregarded yellow sun, an ape descendant spent his evenings and weekends working on fixing some software that other ape descendants used on their phones. On this planet, ape descendants thought phones were a pretty neat idea, and they would spend all their time staring at the screens and sending each other pictures of themselves and arguing about a particular ape descendant with orange hair.

The planet had a problem, in that many of the people on it were unhappy. Many solutions were proposed, but most of them involved the people just being nice to each other, and for some reason, many of the people weren't very at doing that, and insisted on telling the rest of the people what they were doing wrong, and giving them rules to follow.

The ape descendent working on the software didn't like it when all the people were being mean to each other, and instead tried to write software to show them that they were all really rather small organic things, floating on a rock in a gigantic universe, and they all really needed to get some perspective and just chill out a lot more.

And so:

New! All features are unlocked on Thursdays for you to try them out! I never could get the hang of Thursdays..
New! Night tour - your nightly talking guide! Opens when the sky is dark.
New! Dashboard now has at-a-glance What's up view (tap it for more).
Fixed! Fixed issues with location.
Fixed! Resolved problems switching to and from landscape in many views.
Fixed! Corrected WikiPedia links issue.
Fixed! Compass points location corrected on iPad.
Fixed! Removed stereo mode for now, as it caused Bad Things to happen.
Tweaked! Updated launch screen and opening animation.
Tweaked! Controls on Virtual Sky view updated.
Terminated! Loads of bugs given a good hasta la vista, baby.

App Description

Look! What's that in the sky? Is it a bird? A plane? Venus? Swamp gas? A weather balloon?

Quickly identify objects in the sky, with this try-before-you-buy version of the award-winning Pocket Universe astronomy application.

Pocket Universe Express displays thousands of stars, constellations, and solar system objects on a real-time rendered view of the sky.

The view will move automatically as you move left, right up and down - the app acts as a window onto the night sky.

When you are ready for something a little more, upgrade with a single in-app purchase to the full version of Pocket Universe, and get instant access to dozens of new features: track the International Space Station, play quizzes, virtually walk on Mars, see 80,000 stars and lots more!

Many features - including the night sky view! - are available for free, but one in-app purchase unlocks many exciting new features, and keeps an independent developer encouraged enough to keep working on updates.. :-)

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • June 24, 2014 Initial release
  • July 29, 2015 New version 5.5.1
  • March 08, 2016 New version 5.9.3
  • July 11, 2016 New version 5.9.4
  • August 05, 2016 New version 5.9.5