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Jun 01, 2022 2022-06-01

Mobile Learning

Augmented Reality (AR) App That Lets Users Wander the Solar System

Night Sky: A Guide to the Universe, by iCandi Apps, is a cool way to explore the Universe. With a map of 1.7 billion stars, planets, and other celestial bodies, it is one of the most comprehensive apps in the galaxy.

Students can point their iPhone or iPad toward the sky to see constellations, along with drawings of these celestial bodies’ namesakes from Greek mythology. They can also see planets, moons, rocket bodies, satellites, and much more. They can overlay Night Sky’s maps on top of the actual night sky by tapping the AR icon and dragging with two fingers to blend the views.

Night Sky’s AR Grand Orrery feature uses augmented reality to create a scale model of our Solar System, like an enormous diorama students can stroll through. To see all the celestial bodies around them in orbit, students can tap anywhere and then tap the “Play” button. They can even enter a date to see how all the stars and planets will align at a certain time.

The AR Planetary Portals feature simulates what it is like to walk on the surface of any planet in our Solar System (even though technically students cannot walk on Saturn because it is made of gas). Using an iOS mobile device as a window onto this world, students will see constellations and planets from an entirely different vantage point—with Earth just above the horizon.

The app’s Space Exploration Timeline walks students through the entire history of the space program, from Yuri Gagarin’s inaugural trip to the present day. Cost: Free app; in-app purchases are offered

Science Social Studies Virtual Reality • Augmented Reality STEM • STEAM • STREAM Educational Technology

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