A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Night Sky is an educational app that makes astronomy accessible. Boasting a tremendous amount of information, it can easily answer any basic questions about the night sky -- including ones people might not know to ask. The app uses geo-tracking to show you the stars and planets above your head at any given time to aid stargazers as they scan the night sky (or plan for the best night to do so).
What's it about?
Users hoping to learn the constellations above them can quickly find the answer by holding their device to the sky. Using the internal compass and GPS locator, the app displays the stars (and satellites, if requested) in the sky, including the names of any star formations. The app also includes a "red mode," which lowers the brightness setting, making it easier to use in the night sky.
Is it any good?
While THE NIGHT SKY isn't quite as robust as other astronomy apps like Redshift - Astronomy or Star Walk, the app is still a wonderful tool for stargazers and those who are interested in learning more about the night sky. With a robust vault of information, ranging from obscure constellations to the types of satellites in the sky, very little escapes its eye.
It's incredibly easy to use and doesn't overwhelm the user, which some science apps have historically done. While it might not be as thorough as some of its competitors, it uses that to its advantage and is a terrific educational tool for children.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: astronomy
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
- Price: $.99
- Release date: February 10, 2012
- Category: Reference
- Size: 5.10 MB
- Publisher: iCandi Apps
- Version: 1.9.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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