Parents' Guide to

Mobile Observatory

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Impressive tool for stargazing, learning about astronomy.

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Putting Mobile Observatory into kids' hands is like giving them full access to an observatory and planetarium along with a docent to guide them on their self-paced tour. The amount of information is mind-boggling, and the options for viewing and learning about the night sky are impressive. Some of the information is more suited to amateur (or even professional) astronomers than casual stargazers, but even the backyard sky watcher will find useful information that is easily accessible and mostly understandable.

This is not a made-for-kids app; rather it is a real-world tool for astronomy buffs. It includes information that may be difficult to follow without some prior knowledge (degree of location, rise, transit, and set times of celestial bodies). The descriptions of the planets and other stars are written in an easy-to-understand style that older elementary kids will appreciate, but the observation specs included in the app are geared more for middle- or high-school kids who have had some instruction in astronomy and night sky coordinates.

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