|ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.|
|PAUSE: Know your child; some content|
may not be right for some kids.
|OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.|
|NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids any age.|
Parents need to know that Sky Map is wonderful tool for fostering an appreciation of astronomy that makes planned or impromptu family sky observation nights easy. This Google-powered app features layers accessible through the device and on-screen menus, easy search and find, manual or automatic orientation, a gallery of Hubble images, night mode, and time travel. The only thing you need to provide is comfortable reclining chairs, cozy blankets, hot chocolate, a beautiful night sky, and a dash of curiosity.
Kids can learn about astronomy at a basic level -- like which one is Venus? -- or get motivated to research more advanced concepts like Messier objects, time as a dimension, why night mode uses red, the Hubble telescope, and the celestial coordinate grid. Kids can also gain basic understandings about orientation, cardinal directions, and horizon lines by seeing them used in context. It would be nice to see more reference information about astronomy or celestial objects. Sky Map is a sharp pocket-planetarium tool that can help foster kids' curiosity about the universe.
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