Last changed: Version: 1.5
"Planets" is free in support of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Over 2 million downloads so far!
Is that dot in the sky a star or a planet? Answer that question with this application. Discover when you can see your favorite planet, and where to look in the sky in relation to the stars.
Provides lots of interesting information:
• location of the sun, moon, and planets in the sky
• maps of stars and constellations
• rise and set time of the sun, moon, and planets
• current and future moon phases
• 3D globe view of all planets and the moon
• facts sheet for each planet, including moon names
Neptune and uranus are mixed up
By: Tarcin - Nov 16, 2009
Otherwise good. And to the person whining about pluto... we all grew up with it, be flexible an get used to changeWe have no real images of pluto except a ball of light. Pluto isnt visible to the unaided eye. So why the hell do you care about pluto so much? We wont get our first pics of it till new horizions passes by it in around 10-16 years!And compared to the other planets pluto is unimpportant as Eris and Sedna deserve the position of planet more than Pluto
This doesn't make since
By: Dennys is the best - Mar 11, 2009
In return of the king Frodo and Sam got saved by a giant eagle ok I mean why not fly over the volcano and drop the ring inside you know would have made it easier and save alot of lives in the process... So I think gandalf needs to explain why he didn't mention this then rape him rape him good.
Anyways pancakes are still cold at Ihop
And I use to look at my friends face cause he had acne that was in the shape of of our galaxcy
By: Leodavinci0 - Mar 7, 2009
Edit: don't know if it's just me, but the location auto update only works if you turn it off, input a city, then turn it back on (ignoring the city just entered). Otherwise the location stays the same as where you were when you first downloaded the app.
Very nice, the planet info section not shown in your pictures is excellent. Thank you dev.
Jayteefunk, the app has exactly what you are requesting.
By: moredogsplease - Oct 22, 2009
This app surprised me with its detail - I downloaded it for the star-gazing opportunities it offers, and while exploring it, found that it gives a rotational view of each planet - this is FUN! I thought! Another fun feature is the tilt position of the earth when you look at it at any point, based on one's location. It is necessary to turn on your location settings for this to work, but worth using a bit of battery life for the outcome. For a free app, definitely worth the download. If you are the least bit curious about the planets and stars, it is a must. Deserves the five-star rating I give it!
By: TmthyCrvnka - Mar 2, 2009
This app is great. I was able to spot Saturn in my area thanks to it. The interface is great, I love the visibility times, and the virtual earth is cool to look at and see the major cities glowing in the night.
The only thing that I would like to see different is where the planets are, even during the daytime, and where Neptune and Uranus (and Pluto) are even though they can't be seen without a telescope. I would also like to see when the times are of the next lunar and solar eclipses are, as well as the next big meteor showers.
Besides that, this app is truly amazing and is great for students and anyone interested in astronomy. Please make an update with these sugestions and this could be the best app on the app store. =)
By: Tatltael - Mar 1, 2009
I found the app to be very well done and certainly has what the description says. The information about the planets is quite interesting and brings me back to my Earth Science days.
Few suggestions, however, would be to look into figuring a way to display current or future meteor showers, comets, full and partial solar/lunar eclipses, and have perhaps a section that tells where those may be occuring. Also would be nice to add constellations visible in near areas modified by the date/season, and in what part of the sky at such times.
One more thing: any chance of adding Pluto even though it was deemed no longer a planet? I still find this fact very saddening =(.
Really Great app, but one final update would make it unbeatable.
By: Rolandofan12345 - Jul 10, 2009
There is one problem. Neptune and Uranus are switched. Also, it would be awesome if you could have an option to turn off the grid while you are turning the planet. Finally, it would be neat if you could add Pluto. I know it's not a planet, but still, it's part of our solar system. If it had that, this app would be the best free solar system out there! But other than those possibilities, this is a great and wonderful app. Good job Dana Peters and Q Continuum!
By: Ilovethisthing - Jul 3, 2009
This is an AMAZING app!! I use it all the time!!! Right now I'm looking at a big speck in the sky I just found out is Jupiter!!! And OMG!!!! The map FLIPS!!! For When ur laying down and holding it towards the sky!!!! I DID NOT KNOW THAT!!! This is a SPECTACULAR app n i wud DEFINETLY reccomend getting it!!!
1) More info on the planets, and more info on constellations! And even info on comets, ect.. I'd TOTALLY pay money to see that much info!
2) The Visibility charts are kinda hard to read...so if you could just add a table of contents, or make an easier to read one, or something...it wud help SOOO much.
Fantastic! The Earth display alone is amazing.
By: msnicki - Jun 27, 2009
You just don't expect to find free stuff that's this good. I'm absolutely in love with the wonderful graphics for Earth, showing what part of the world is currently in day versus night. It's all very elegant and the performance, e.g., as you spin any of the various globes of the planets or of the moon around with your finger, is spectacular.
That said, I'm now spoiled (and impressed that the authors seem capable of anything, no matter how amazing), and it's in that context I offer a laundry list suggestions. Some may be good ideas, some not, you decide.
1. I would love to be able to animate the Earth display with buttons to "fast forward," how the areas of night and day change over time, e.g., so you can see visually what it means when we talk about a solstice or an equinox.
2. It would be nice if one could choose to annotate the Earth globe with a few of cities of one's choosing (with perhaps, local times.)
3. Once you're done fiddling with one of the globes, resizing or spinning it, there should to reset it with a button or double-tapping. You can achieve this by choosing a different globe, then going back, but that's a little awkward.
4. I think the Earth globe would be a more compelling choice than the schematic of the sky as the initial screen. Perhaps it might at least be configurable.
5. Once the Earth globe has been zoomed to where North America fills the screen, it pixelates. It would be nice if you could at least zoom to the point where a good-sized state could fill the screen without pixelating.
6. Okay, this is asking a =LOT=, but could you get current satellite weather (hurricanes and major fronts) on the Earth globe?
7. It's a little tedious dealing with the current location prompt every time you start it up. It would ne nice if there was a way to configure it as trusted to use it if available and to be quiet and use the last location if it's not. You can turn "Automatic Location" on/off but a third option, "Locate me now," would be helpful.
8. Why no moons around any of the planets? If you look at, e.g., Jupiter, and zoom out enough, you should see them.
9. Why can you spin a polar cap only up and down, not side to side? It's not important, but I think it should work
Amazing Features and Ability
By: Magnum76 - Jun 27, 2009
I'm currently running this program off the original iPod Touch with 3.0 software. This FREE program is fantastic. It runs smooth between sceens and easy to navigate scroll bars. You get a 3D image of all 8 planets (I miss Pluto) that you can spin with just a flick of the finger to see all sides. You also have the current display of what the night sky looks like. They even thought ahead, when you flip your device over as to mimic the sky, the compass and map flips to show EXACTLY what you should see.
This program also helps you navigate the stars when using your telescope. It won't move it for you but it gives you a general location of where a star should be. It also gives you visibilty options (such as Jupiter is below the horizon and out or site or it won't be flective enough o too) for the plant and will let you know when a planet can be scene with the bakes eye or you will need mechanical assistance.
I really enjoy this program and all of it features. I don't use it daily but when I do use it, it's a valuable resource and the people I show it too are amazed that it was FREE.
By: NGMorgan - Sep 28, 2009
WHY YOU SHOULD GET THIS APP:
- Works offline
- Its free
- Completely accurate
- Can see all planets in 3-D
- Tells you when to look at planets
- Shows up to date times and planet & star locations depending on your location
- Gives facts on planets
- Tells you that:
"Earth is always visible :-)"
(Good to know)
- Is completely awesome in every way!!!!!!!!!!!!!
... ... ... ...
.. \ / ..
Fantastic Five Star App
By: noboxtospeakof - Jun 27, 2009
This is one of my favorite apps. I never knew for sure if I was looking at a planet or a star until I downloaded this free app. It was just what I was looking for in an astronomy app to show my six year old son and four year old daughter the positions of the planets in the night sky. And this app gets better with each update. This is the first review I have written for an app and I am doing so because this app deserves all five of those stars. Do not listen to the nit-picker app complainers. This is a fantastic high quality app and it is free...what more do you want?
By: trianglecat - 26-Jun-2009
Review updated with app update; great new stuff. Keep it up D!
This app is really well done. Quick and useful information at your fingertips. Not as cumbersome as a full-on starmap, it makes an excellent companion. If you see a bright, un-flickering star and wonder which planet or want to know if you should take out the telescope/binoculars tonight and at what time, this is your quick and easy answer. Nicely done!
Amazing, entertaining, educational
By: Click here to eat a bird - Sep 4, 2009
WOW! What can I say?
There are barely any mistakes. The graphics are amazing! The movement of the screen. The intellgence
Put I to the app, it doesn't freeze or crash, it has a beautiful quality.
A million thanks for putting up this app.
And a billion more for making it free!!!
Thanks for this great quality app. Bravo!!!
I love it!!!
Oh, and Nebdjdn, the reason you never see those planets is because they are not visible to the naked eye, if you would like thembto show up, go to options and swithck the visibility switch.
By: Afsuksb - 21-Mar-2009
This is a very good app. Tells you what time a planet will be visible, on top of that, it tells you where relative to north it is, AND it tells you how high in the sky it is, so that you know where to look. The only single flaw, is how choppy the earth is. Even after restarting the phone, it still does not improve. Although this isn't something to bring down my rating, it should be fixed if possible.
1. If possible, the Earth tab should be smoothened out.
2. Add support for major stars. If you guys decide to actually do this, add a setting to turn on and off this feature, so that stars don't overcrowd the compass screen.
Thank you for devolping this app, and listing it for free.
Luv This App!!!
By: Kymerr - May 23, 2009
1st app I ever downloaded, not long after it debuted, and still never get enough! My family loves it and my 9 yr old can use it on her own, which makes her happy. And now with the constellations? Better and better! Can't wait for the "touch for names" part?! If only we could find a satellite app so easy to use! Do you think you'll add in the night veiwable screen(hint, hint! ;-)
Thanks for the great app, and for being free!
If you like looking at the hevans, this App is for you
By: Bruce Cleghorn - 08-Mar-2009
Well, this is the first app I've ever written a review on. I like star gazing and enjoy pointing out what I think are planets to my family. Now I have a tool in my pocket that actually tells me for sure. And what did this little gem of information cost me. Nothing. My congratulations to the author for not only writing a great little app, but also not charging for it. I gladly would have paid a few pounds for it. One suggestion, could the Earth scrolling be made a little smoother and maybe if you really want to push the boat out, then maybe include some of the major constallations or the ISS. Thanks Bruce
By: RubberDuckyX79 - May 22, 2009
This app is truly brilliant and an absolute MUST for amateur astronomers. The planet finder section of the app is very easy to follow and the new addition of the constellations is amazing. This app provides full information on when exactly the planets will become visible and when they disappear, allowing amateur astronomers to become familiar with the pattern of the planets. It also provides basic information on each of the planets for those not familiar with them. The globe shows a 3D map of the world splitting itself into day and night. Recent performance upgrades makes this globe silky smooth to use. Overall, this app is a must have for an amateur astronomer. Thank you very much for this app that I continue to use on a daily basis :)
By: Baerius - 08-Mar-2009
This is a wonderful, informative app which is a pleasure to use, my compliments to the author for the work you've put into this, I really am very impressed. May I make a suggestion? That in the list of data that you have on each planet, such as size, atmosphere, orbit etc, you include an explanation of these measurements to help those of us less informed in such matters. Many thanks and I look forward to your next update.
Great App for Planet Gazers
By: Randycat - Aug 26, 2009
I used it last night, saw the first bright "star" in the sky, opened the application, saw that Jupiter was visible in exactly that direction, so there you go, it was Jupiter!
My kids love looking at the other planet surface and moons/rings.
The stars are not labeled, but they are displayed. A nice enhancement would be the ability to identify the constellations when you click on them, the way the planets work.
Another enhancement would be really cool - use the internal compass so the image of the sky is automatically oriented properly. But for a free app, I don't want to ask for too much!
Thanks for making this available, cudos to you for posting it for free!
|Worldwide rank of Planets|
|Reported by http://www.iPhoneAppsPlus.com May 22 2013 22:12:06 View Image|
|Top Free||Top Free|
| United States||58||-|
| United Kingdom||38||-|
| Costa Rica||19||189|
| Czech Republic||24||183|
| El Salvador||40||-|
| Hong Kong||179||-|
| New Zealand||40||-|
| Saudi Arabia||132||-|
| South Africa||24||180|
| Sri Lanka||58||-|
| United Arab Emirates||80||-|
Create image of this report