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Offline BillJx

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visuals for kids?
« on: 08/08/2006 02:50:44 »
Does anyone know of a really good animated program or website that shows the solar system and galaxies?  I'm thinking of something like a Google Earth for the universe.  Or maybe a simulated space flight.  Something to allow an average 8 or 9 year old to see the world in its context.

It's very difficult to find anything that gives a realistic illusion of distance.  An orrery, physical or digital, has such scale problems that it kind of misses the point.

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Re: visuals for kids?
« Reply #1 on: 08/08/2006 04:56:39 »
Can't say if it is good or bad, or appropriate, but you can have a look at Celestia as see if it suits your need.

Not used it myself, but I am merely passing on the reference to something I had heard exits that looks at the stars and planets.

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Celestia
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/




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« Reply #2 on: 13/08/2006 07:23:01 »
Thanks O.S.  Not sure how young kids would relate to Celestia, but it's interesting.

There must be something out there that would give kids a better visual than the diagrams in books, but I haven't been able to find one.  Must be looking in the wrong places . . .

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