Star Chart

App review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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A great way to explore the skies -- just point your phone.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Kids can learn the names and locations of stars, moons, and planets, at the simple point of their mobile device. If kids want to know what the sky looked like 10,000 years ago, or what it will look like 10,000 years in the future, Star Chart can show them that, too. For more information about any given object, kids can just tap, and more facts and figures, such as the object's distance from Earth, appear. Star Chart brings outer space close to home as much as any telescope. 

Ease of play

Point your Android skyward and the app tells you what you're looking at. Just make sure your GPS is enabled.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that through GPS technology, this virtual Star Chart identifies for you exactly what you can find in the sky on any given day or night. All you have to do is point your Android device to an area of the sky and watch the app calibrate. For example, is that really the Big Dipper that you're looking at? Point the phone up to that area of the sky and see if the app confirms your guess. Point it down and you'll find out what people on the other side of the globe are seeing at the same moment. A revolutionary way to stargaze and learn about our galaxy.

User Reviews

Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written byCalderona May 10, 2011
Teen, 17 years old Written byCalvin Hyde February 13, 2017

Top of the line Astronomy App

This app does an amazing job of making our extremely large universe so small. It holds so much information so that you can learn so much about our universe.

What's it about?

STAR CHART turns anyone into an amateur astronomer. When kids point their Android device to the sky, the app accurately shows all visible stars and planets in the skies above the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as the 88 constellations and "exotic deep sky objects." Kids can then tap to learn more about the objects they're viewing. As long as your mobile device's GPS is enabled, kids can explore the heavens, day or night, above or below the horizon -- and learn a lot in the process.

Is it any good?

Who needs a telescope? The sky's unlimited for STAR CHART, the pocket-size answer for the young and old astronomers of the world. This is of the best-selling smartphone astronomy apps for good reasons. There's so much to explore here, including the names and beautiful illustrations of constellations laid over the actual images of stars, plants, and other "exotic deep sky objects." This app creates a beautiful image of the sky and helps even young children get a better idea of what's going on up there. Worth every penny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How many constellations can you and your kid name without using the app? Go outside on a starry night, name them, and have your kid use the app to check your answer.

  • Once you and your kid identify some constellations, dig into the mythology behind their names for a fun ancient history lesson.

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