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10 Very Good Apps for Teaching Students about Outer Space

August 31, 2015
Upon the recommendation of some of our readers here in EdTech and Learning, we went ahead and compiled this list of some popular iPad apps to use with students to teach them about the outer space.  Using these applications will enable students to explore the space and learn about the different planets, constellations galaxies and stars making up our universe.  Some of these apps provide 3D imagery and interactive visuals to enhance students learning and make it more engaging.

1- Exoplanet


‘The Exoplanet app is a highly visual and interactive catalogue of all known exoplanets. Exoplanets are planets orbiting stars beyond our own Solar System. It is frequently updated whenever new discoveries are confirmed. An amazing model of the Milky Way lets you explore our universe all the way from the Solar System to the cosmic microwave background’

2- Moon Globe


‘Hold the Moon in your hands. Moon Globe turns your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a precision instrument for viewing Earth's Moon. Satellite imagery and topographic laser altimeter data are combined to render the Moon with realistic lighting in realtime 3D.’

3- SkyORB


‘SkyORB is a fast and lightweight astronomy app including a 3D star map, 3D planetarium, ephemeris with notifications, search engine, sun clock, point to sky, weather, and more. Click “…More” to learn why you should download this App today!’

4- Moon

‘Moon is a perfect resource to help you learn about the moon. Moon constantly updates a panel of information that tells you everything you want to know about the moon.’

5- Star & Planet Finder


‘Star & Planet Finder guides you to see stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the sky.Simply choose a planet from the list, and move your device according to the pointer display, the pointer represents the planet. ’

6- OSR Star Finder

‘With the OSR Star Finder App you have the universe in the palm of your hand. You can almost literally touch your star and easily locate and track it at any time of the day. The Star Finder App helps you navigate the universe and shows you the beauty of the constellations and the stars in our galaxy.’

7- Mars Globe

‘Take a tour of the mysterious Red Planet. This virtual globe combines a high-resolution satellite map with laser altimeter data and advanced topographic lighting to present the planet Mars as it appears from above. An Introduction and Guided Tour present some of Mars' most intriguing features. You can leave the guided tour and explore Mars as you like; over 1500 surface features have been annotated with information and links. Mars Globe is a must-have app for anyone interested in our solar system.’

8- SkyView- Explore the Universe


‘SkyView® brings stargazing to everyone. Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, planets, satellites, and more!’

9- NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator


‘Welcome to the NASA Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Simulator. You don’t need a driver’s license, but you still need to buckle up as the LER Simulator gives you a glimpse of what it might be like to support the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost. Get busy. You never know if your skills here will become a major part of the NASA Astronaut application process in the future.’

10- Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer


‘Provides a FLAT VIEW COMPASS and an AUGMENTED REALITY CAMERA 3-D VIEW showing the solar path, its hour intervals, its equinox, winter and summer solstice paths, rise and set times and more and a MAP VIEW showing solar direction for each daylight hour’