Distant Suns (max) – IOS App Review

On June 3, 2013, in Features, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by David M. Acklam

Distant Suns (max)
App Developer: First Light Design
Version 3.4.3
License: US $8.99 Compatible with iPhone (optimized for iPhone 5), iPod touch, and iPad. Requires IOS 5.0 or later.

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As an amateur astronomer and a volunteer telescope operator at the Flandrau Science Center observatory, I enjoy sharing the night sky with the public. My primary objective, when inviting the public to look through the telescope, is to encourage them to enjoy viewing the heavens and to ask questions. I recognize that not everyone wants to be an astronomer and I certainly understand the magnitude of what is required to pursue a career in this profession. Today, the “buzz word” in education outreach is STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Certainly STEM applies to the curriculum associated with earning the required credentials to be a professional astronomer.

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Star Walk for iPad
Company: Vito Technology, Inc.
Price: $4.99 USD (iPad version);
$2.99 USD (iPhone version) – requires iOS 3.2 or later

I took a look at the original version of Star Walk some time ago, and at the time I liked the app a lot. Since then, Vito Technology hasn’t stopped improving the the app, with the latest version of Star Walk being the best iteration yet. Some of the new features that take advantage of the capabilities of the iPad 2 and the New iPad continue to make Star Walk a “must-have” app for any amateur astronomer or science teacher.

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