My children and I love looking at the stars. This is something we have done since they were old enough to make out the infamous Big Dipper in the night sky. When they were little, we would work to make designs and pictures with the stars. We read about constellations and then searched the night sky to see evidence of our discovery. When we first started this tradition, our necessary gear consisted of sippy cups and a picnic blanket. And now, my phone is included in the pack. There are numerous apps that can add to the experience of stargazing. Whether you are wanting to see the night sky on a specific date in history, or you want to search for certain stars, there is an app to add to your stargazing adventure.

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Screenshot from my Android using Google SkyMap to look for planets.

Check out the stargazing forecast for your area via WeatherUnderground

Free Stargazing Apps for iPhone/iPad

Mostly Free Stargazing Apps for Andriod