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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad

Price: $11.99

Category: Education

Updated: Jun 02, 2012

Version: 3.5.1

Size: 199 MB

Language: English

Seller: Southern Stars

Rated 4+

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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SkySafari 3 Plus by Southern Stars

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Spaceflight has never been so easy! Summer 2012 brings spectacular solar system events, like a solar eclipse and the transit of Venus. With SkySafari 3 Plus, you can follow them in Earth's sky – or from anywhere else in the Solar System!

As just reviewed in The Mac Observer, SkySafari 3 is “the best of all the star chart apps for iOS”:

Sky & Telescope magazine says SkySafari 3 is “revolutionary” and a “game-changer”:

SkySafari 3 comes in three versions. SkySafari 3 Plus adds a hugely expanded database, wired or wireless telescope control – and the ability to fly into orbit around other objects in our Solar System – to our basic version.

SkySafari 3 Plus shows you 2.5 million stars, and 31,000 deep sky objects – including the entire NGC/IC catalog. It shows the Solar System's major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes over 4,000 asteroids, comets, and satellites with updateable orbits. It can point your GoTo or “Push-To” telescope anywhere in the sky, using your iPhone/iPad/iPod's built-in WiFi, and our SkyFi or SkyWire serial accessories.

SkySafari 3 accurately shows you the sky from any place on Earth, at any time up to one million years in the past or future. It includes 1100 encyclopedic descriptions of the constellations, stars, and planets written by professional astronomers. And it contains over 800 images from NASA space missions, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the world's foremost astro-photographers.

If you have an iPhone/iPad with a compass, or an iPod Touch with a gyroscope, SkySafari Plus can help you identify stars and planets by holding your phone next to them. Tap the Compass/Gyro button (or shake your phone) to activate the compass – now, as you move the phone around, the sky chart follows your motion. Search for any object in the sky, and follow the arrow on screen to find it!

SkySafari has a “Night” button to preserve your dark adaptation as you're exploring the night sky. The Time Flow feature lets you animate the night sky using simple VCR controls – follow the motion of the stars and planets as SkySafari compresses days, months, and years into a few seconds.

SkySafari 3 includes SkyWeek – the mobile version of Sky & Telescope Magazine's super-popular “Sky at a Glance” column. SkyWeek features interactive sky charts for each day of the week, and links to more articles on S&T's website. SkyWeek shows you all major sky events: eclipses, conjunctions, good meteor showers miss nothing!

SkySafari's streamlined user interface puts the universe at your fingertips – and turns your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a 21st-century telescope controller. SkySafari is your celestial travel guide!

What's New in Version 3.5.1

1) When you are orbiting a solar system object, the “Home” icon is no longer hidden behind the time flow controls.

2) Lost comets like 3D/Biela are no longer shown after their last observation date.

3) Binary stars like the Double Double are no longer erroneously linked to double stars with the same WDS number.

4) If you touch the screen while panning to an object, the chart jumps to the object rather than just stopping where you touched.

4) SkySafari no longers surface feature labels on anything except planets or moons.

5) Updating solar system orbit data now rebuilds the entire solar system data file from scratch, and can be done while in orbit mode.

6) SkySafari no longer requests encoder counts from a Celestron AstroMaster, which does not provide them.

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