One People, One Sky, One App! Astronomers Without Borders Endorses SkySafari for iOS and Mac OS X
Southern Stars app sale boosts AWB’s global astronomy education and public outreach efforts.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 28, 2011
Southern Stars Group, LLC, makers of the award-winning SkySafari astronomy apps, announced a major endorsement by Astronomers Without Borders, a global non-profit organization promoting better international relations through shared interest in astronomy and space exploration. Coinciding with the endorsement, Southern Stars has launched a two-week promotion of its products, where 40% of the proceeds will be donated to Astronomers Without Borders.
AWB founder Mike Simmons writes, “We’re very pleased to endorse SkySafari 3 and recommend it to our members. Because SkySafari 3 is developed by amateur astronomers, it’s built with the accuracy and features needed for observational astronomy. This is no toy meant just to impress friends. It’s real astronomy software that we can depend on.” Mike added, “We really like Southern Stars’ philosophy of making their apps accessible to everyone. This is completely in line with AWB’s mission – bringing astronomy enthusiasts together from around the world – and our motto, One People, One Sky.”
The promotion runs through December 8th, 2011. During the promo, Southern Stars’ SkySafari 3 apps will be offered at up to 60% off regular price. Forty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Astronomers Without Borders. The SkySafari apps come in three versions – Basic, Plus, and Pro – and will be priced at $1, $12, and $30, respectively, compared to regular prices of $3, $15, and $60. SkySafari 3 has a 5-star rating on the iTunes store, and has won numerous awards, including a MacWorld Best-of-Show in 2010, and most recently Sky & Telescope Magazine’s Hot New Product award for 2012.
To download SkySafari 3 for iOS from the iTunes Store, follow this link:
To download SkySafari for Mac OS X, follow this link:
For more information on SkySafari for Android, follow this link:
“We’re amazed by how fast Astronomers Without Borders has achieved truly global reach,” said Southern Stars Group founder Tim DeBenedictis. “It’s not just AWB’s roots in amateur astronomy that impressed us – it’s their unique focus on sharing a common love of the night sky to bring people in different cultures and continents together. AWB’s mission fits in perfectly with our motto: mobile astronomy for everyone. I can’t imagine a partner we’d be more pleased to support.”
About Southern Stars Group, LLC
Southern Stars Group, LLC is a world leader in mobile applications for astronomy, and has been developing planetarium software since 1993. In 2009, Southern Stars developed SkyFi, the first wireless iPhone-based solution for telescope control. That product, and the SkyVoyager iPhone app, won a MacWorld 2010 Best of Show award. Southern Stars was the also the first company to ship a Made-for-iPad serial cable for iOS devices (SkyWire). To date, Southern Stars’ iPhone apps have been downloaded more than 800,000 times.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Southern Stars Group, LLC has more than three decades of collective experience in developing astronomical software, telescope control systems, and instrumentation.
About Astronomers Without Borders
Astronomers Without Borders organizes global programs that bring people together from around the world – regardless of national and cultural boundaries – through the universal appeal of astronomy. Astronomers Without Borders’ signature program, Global Astronomy Month, is offered each April as a platform for astronomy organizations to engage astronomers and the public. Since its founding in 2007, Astronomers Without Borders has become the world leader in connecting astronomy enthusiasts worldwide, with participation in well over 100 countries. Astronomers Without Borders is a tax-exempt US charitable non-profit organization based in California.
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