SOURCE: Distant Suns

October 23, 2009 03:01 ET

Use Your iPhone and Distant Suns to Celebrate Galileo's 400th Anniversary

Galilean Nights on October 23rd - 25th Is a Global Celebration of Famous Astronomer Galileo; Amateur Astronomers Worldwide to Place Telescopes in Public Places for Views of Stars and Planets

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 23, 2009) - Unleash your inner astronaut -- with your iPhone and the stargazing app Distant Suns!

On October 23rd through 25th, amateur astronomers worldwide will bring their telescopes to public parks and sidewalks to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope and his celestial discoveries.

Now you can use your iPhone to gaze skyward and identify the stars and planets in the nighttime sky.

The iPhone app Distant Suns uses the compass on the new iPhone 3GS to identify the planets, constellations, over a hundred galaxies and star clusters, and thousands of stars.

"Distant Suns gives users a faithful reproduction of the sky now or in the future or even back in Galileo's time," explains Distant Suns inventor Mike Smithwick. "On Galilean Nights you'll see just how far we've come since Galileo first aimed his handmade telescope toward the heavens 400 years ago. An event which quite literally changed the world."

Distant Suns can be purchased at the Apple AppStore or

For a location of a telescope in your community, please visit Galilean Nights at

"Learning about the night sky is much easier now than in Galileo's time," explains Smithwick. "It is hoped that seeing Jupiter's four largest moons -- called 'Galilean Moons' -- will increase interest in what the night sky has to offer."

About Distant Suns

Distant Suns has a long history, having been first published for the Commodore Amiga in 1987, and is one of the longest lived consumer software titles in the marketplace.

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