Stellarium shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. More than 600,000 stars are catalogued, along with numerous other “deep-sky objects.” Users can simulate real events, such as an eclipse or supernovae. Stellarium is available in three versions: a free downloadable open-source computer app, a free website, and a paid mobile app. (From the Stellarium website.)
COST: Website and computer app are free; mobile app is about US$3.
- Stellarium offers a great stargazing experience for all ages.
- Easy to advanced features, depending on the interest level of the user.
- Younger kids may need assistance to use the apps or website.
Why it’s helpful for families living internationally
Avid stargazers can study the sky from any vantage point on earth. This is a great tool to complement classroom learning or home education when your family is on the move.