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Years and years ago, somewhere in the middle of 1985, I got a great idea for a little astronomy program for my new Commodore Amiga 1000. I prototyped it first as a 22 line basic program, and the proceded to spend the next two decades “polishing it up a little.”

It has won the hearts of many users, and I still get email from time to time saying that Distant Suns was someone’s favorite program when they were in a) High School b) on their honeymoon, c) in boot camp.

After deciding that it was time to put the little bugger out to pasture along came this iPhone thing and I realized that this was the platform all along I’ve been waiting for all along, as I had always wanted to carry the universe around in my shirt pocket. So I dusted off the code and launched into the latest incarnation of Distant Suns. I have already received some emails from some long time fans thanking me for keeping it going.

And I hope it will make some new fans and friends along the way.



  1. Hello
    in your ap Earth is jus a smooth grey ball
    No clouds, oceans, or anything
    what’s up?
    Please let me know

    • Yup, I’ve seen that a few times and finally was able to track it down with a full day’s worth of debugging. Nasty little thing. But I think I have it fixed and should be releasing that soon.

  2. Hi DS, very nice app indeed. Does the compass 3GS accelerator work with the lite version?

    Many thanks

    • Sorry to say, the compass is part of the full version. Can’t give the entire thing away. How would I pay for my M&Ms?

  3. I belong to an Astronomic Club near Montreal. Suggestion. For iPhone 3GS users, is it possible to open the iPhone camera and to overlay the sky over this image. The movement of the sky will be synchronize to the iPhone movement.(Lat, Lon, Alt, Pitch, Roll and Azimut). Thanks

  4. LOL – I LOVE your sense of humor… almost as much as Distant Suns! Thanks for a fantastic iPhone app. My fav!!! Everything about it is wonderful. You’ve polished to a high shine indeed and I couldn’t be happier. And I’m especially a happy camper when it comes to Pluto. It was really rude of them to try to demote little Pluto, but I’m not gonna let ’em do it. With the help of your app, Pluto is a planet. Period. 🙂

    Seriously, thanks again, and I look forward to v.2.

  5. Hi — I just downloaded Distant Suns lite and can’t figure out how to control time. There must be a way ……..

    Thanks. Overall, looks good and I plan to buy the full version once I have a better feel for it.

    Bob Polcyn

  6. Yes John, the upgrade is free. There is no way in the Appstore to handle paid upgrades. So enjoy!

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