Distant Suns 3: Space Travel for the Rest of Us is a universal iPhone & iPad application that puts the universe in your hands:

  • View from the Earth or out in the solar-system with the new Spaceflight mode
  • Compass aware for the 3GS and iPad. Just aim and identify.
  • Over 130,000 pinpoint stars scintillating like diamond dust in the palm of your hand
  • Realistic ghostly band of the Milky Way
  • All 88 constellations with images and articles on their mythology
  • Viewpoint Lock keeps any planet centered
  • Current weather patterns on the earth, updated every 3 hours
  • Preference panel to change the way stars are rendered in over a dozen different ways.
  • The Messier catalog of galaxies, nebula and star clusters
  • Dozens of photos from the Hubble Space Telescope
  • All 8 planets (Pluto is optional)
  • GPS aware
  • Red interface to preserve your night vision
  • What's Up? Gives a quick one snapshot overview of where all of the important stuff is
  • Point and Identify mode reveals a wealth of hidden data for each star, planet or deep-sky object
  • Planetary data and information

In anticipation of the Perseid Meteor Shower on Thursday, August 12, the folks over at First Light have provided us with 14 promo codes to give away! Winners will be able to use the app to assist in their stargazing for the event. How do you win? Head on over to the forums and let us know your favorite planet/constellation. The contest begins now and ends Thursday, August 12 at 3 PM EST. (A US iTunes account is required to win. Apple's rule, not ours!)

[$9.99 - iTunes link, NASA]

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