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Best Astronomy Apps and Websites for Students

There's tons of tech out there for learning about astronomy, but this list features our favorites, including tools that map the sky, reveal the wonders of the universe, and even get kids building spaceships or visiting the moon.

Star Walk Kids - Astronomy for Children Publisher: Vito Technology
Virtually step into the night sky with this stellar space resource
Grades K-6
Type App
Price 2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Arloon Solar System Publisher: PARADOX TEAM SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Interactive 3-D tool lets kids discover and explore the solar system
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price 2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Britannica Kids: Solar System Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Blast off to learning with articles, puzzles, games, and more
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
NASA App Publisher: NASA Ames Research Center
Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Solar System Explorer Publisher: Neil Burlock
Visit and explore this beautiful, vast handheld planetarium
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
DIY Sun Science Publisher: The Lawrence Hall of Science
Exciting astronomy resource brightens learning in the classroom
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
NASA Visualization Explorer Publisher: NASA
Updated stories help kids stay up to speed with space exploration
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Star Chart Publisher: Escapist Games Limited
Powerful pocket-sized map of the universe delights
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price $3.30
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
NASA: Solar System Exploration Visit Website: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/
Highly visual, interactive site could overwhelm with so many resources
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Sky Map Publisher: Sky Map Devs
Encourage planetary appreciation with fab free app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Galaxy Zoo Visit Website: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
Citizen science site involves, inspires budding astronomers
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Mobile Observatory Publisher: KreApp Development Software
Impressive tool for stargazing and identifying objects in the sky
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $3.99-$4.49
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
NOVA Labs: Sun Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/
NASA images, real-world context foster authentic sun exploration
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Planet Mechanic Publisher: Filament Games
Mini-solar system sandbox lets kids play with planets
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
SkySafari Publisher: Southern Stars
Cool features enhance this powerful mobile planetarium
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map Publisher: Noctua Software
Beautiful mobile planetarium, extensive learning opportunities
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.58
Platforms Android
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
Universe Sandbox Publisher: Giant Army
Superb sandbox for astrophysics experimentation
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mars Student Imaging Project Visit Website: http://mars.nasa.gov/msip/
Take science research out of this world with NASA's Mars project
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
WorldWide Telescope Publisher: Microsoft Research
Treasure trove of astronomical imagery and facts
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms iPhone, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Kerbal Space Program Publisher: Squad
Design and launch a rocket into space in realistic astrophysics sim
Grades 9-12
Type Game
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated