Five great space apps for kids

We've found five great space apps for your budding astronomer.
We've found five great space apps for your budding astronomer. 

If you have a budding astronomer in your house, there are many things you can do to support their keen interest.

Library books are a great source of information but you also have some pretty incredible technology at your fingertips compared to when you were a child learning about space.

There are some fantastic apps around that can teach and engage your child in the weird and wonderful goings-on of the universe.

Compelling and utterly fascinating, space is a topic teeming with new information, as well as the basics that have been known for along time.

Here are five great apps you can use to support your child's space learning.

1. Solar Walk

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With a rather astounding interactive 3D model of our solar system, Solar Walk also has short movies, and facts and shows planets and satellites in their positions in real time.
 
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"This 3D solar system model lets you navigate between planets, see their positions on a specific date, explore how they move and why. You will see the entire Milky Way galaxy from a far and zoom in to study all the planets and satellites in close-up, learn their trajectories, inner structures, history of their exploration, and geography."
 
There are in-app purchases and you can select from twelve display languages.
 
 
 

2. Star Walk Kids - Explore Space

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This one is especially for ages 6 to 8 and features kid-friendly, appealing graphics. Your child embarks on a space adventure, exploring The Sun, the Moon, and the eight planets of the solar system (including Pluto), constellations, 700 of the brightest stars, the International Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope and the ultimate compelling space feature, a black hole (Cygnus X-1).
 
No in-app purchases, no social media or other external links, and no third party advertising makes this app an especially attractive option.
 

3. NASA App

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From the people who know more about space than any other on Earth, comes a comprehensive app with everything older kids could ever need or want.
 
Videos, photos, the latest news, live streaming NASA TV, satellite trackers, launch information and countdown clocks... you name it, the sky is most definitely not the limit when it comes to the NASA App.
 
 
 

4. Skyview

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This deeply-engaging app has kids pointing their iPads at the sky with the app then providing notes on what they are seeing with their very own eyes under the night sky.
 
There's hours of fun and fascination in working out the constellations, finding out their names and reading facts, along with being able to track movements.
 

5. Exoplanet

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This beautiful app explores the planets that sit outside our own solar system; exoplanets. The real clincher is that a push notification is received every time a new planet is discovered, making it riveting in all the right ways.