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My Favorite Space App – Fun & Educational!

Ever struggled to explain the magnificent size and beauty of our solar system to a child? Or know someone fascinated by the sky? The interactive Solar Walk app makes it easy and fun to explore and understand the solar system. You can navigate through the planets and stars while viewing knowledge on planet’s exploration history, stunning photos, 3D models, videos and more. Users can travel from Mars to Pluto and see all the planets and moons on the way. The app gives a sense of how vast the solar system is and what’s in it.

One of my favorite features is the slider and clock. You can watch Mars rotate, or create a view to watch the planets rotate around the Sun.   There’s even a video that explains the concept of an eclipse.

ImageSolar Walk was an Apple Best App of 2010, 2011, and 2012 and has received awards from parent and teacher organizations. It provides a great experience for children studying the solar system, or for anyone discovering an interest in Astronomy.

For $2.99 in the App Store, you’ll have a wonderful “game” to pull up the next time a child asks to play with your iPad or iPhone.

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Catch the Blood Moon April 14/15th

Monday night the sky will be painted red during a total lunar eclipse while the moon passes behind Earth blocking the sun’s rays from hitting the moon. The red color is created by the way light is bent by the Earth’s dusty atmosphere.

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Fred Espenak/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

 

The entire Western Hemisphere will be able to view the spectacle. The eclipse starts at approximately 2AM EDT April 15th, or 10:58PM PDT April 14th, and will last over 3.5 hours. Totality starts at 12:07 PDT and will offer the best views for about 80 minutes. If you end up clouded out, you can still catch a live stream.

NASA will be running a live web chat during the entire eclipse so that viewers can ask questions and learn about what they’re seeing.  The chat will go live when the eclipse starts.

Plan for a late night and get that camera ready!