Here are our top three best apps for junior stargazers:
The NASA App:
Synonymous with space cowboys, action-hero astronauts and the final frontier – it simply has to be number 1. With seemingly more information than stars in the sky, this is a great app for adults and kids alike.
Regularly updated with the latest images, mission information, videos and sighting opportunities based on your time and location. You can spend hours exploring this engaging app with your mini astronaut. That being said, although the information is comprehensive, it is not an app expressly designed with kids in mind. The information is dense and young kids are likely to only enjoy the app if used with a parent or older sibling.
Platform: iOS and Android
Age Group: 7 +
Solar Swap: This “match 3” style game is great for impatient stargazers. While the sun is up, enjoy this fun game where the goal is to swap to match three or more in a row in order to earn enough fuel to launch your very own rocket. Kids can also earn stellar stars and take a trip to different planets, stars, moons and supernovas. Although this is only a game, it is great for improving concentration skills and learning new vocabulary.
Age Group: 9 – 11
Developer: SparkNET Interactive
Note: Requites iOS 7.0 or later.
The Google Sky Map is a genius app that lets you scan the night sky with your phone. Need I say more? Kids are sure to marvel at the transformation of your phone from a thing-to-hide-and-take-photos-with to a virtual planetarium. However, although this app is impressive it is a bit tricky to master in the beginning. Kids using it alone are likely to get bored so think of it as a family activity.
How it works: By syncing with your location this educational app provide you and your kids with a map of the sky wherever you are. The app also helps you find what you’re looking for with the nifty search function. What are you waiting for? Explore the stars, planet and constellations in your own backyard.
Age Group: 7 +