There’s something magical about a winter sky. I’m not sure if it’s how crisp everything looks against the darkened sky or the way the stars seem close enough to touch, but winter is perfect for star gazing. Since I’ll be teaching a science class on space in the Spring, we’ve been spending a few extra minutes looking at the night sky, discussing the stars and constellations, and talking about the planets.
Homeschool Tech Tuesday: Planets App
After trying unsuccessfully to identify the constellations on my own, I knew I had to find a more knowledgeable source to answer my kiddos’ questions. An astronomer I am not, folks. Enter the Planets App by Q Continuum for iOS (iPhones and iPads) and Android devices.
This helpful app uses the compass to pinpoint where you are and what the sky above you looks like. Hold your phone up the sky and you’re able to quickly identify where and what the constellations are that you’re seeing. Since it shows what’s going on where you are, it’s perfect for nighttime camping and star gazing anywhere in the world.
The kids also like using the Sky 3D feature to get another angle on the night sky.
The globe shows the Earth rotating and where the land is illuminated by city lights. It’s exceptionally neat to see!
The best part about the Planets App? It’s absolutely free. It’s an app that’s educational, captivating, and exciting all rolled into one!