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  • Learn about the Night Sky with the Amazing Planetarium
  • Watch and learn as the Stars move across the ceiling
  • Learn how to recognise Stars and Constellations
  • Includes a Planetarium CD-Rom
  • Includes full information manual
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Technical Details
Item Weight662 g
Product Dimensions26 x 24.8 x 18.6 cm
Batteries:6 AA batteries required.
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model numberNG77
Number of Game Players1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?No
Material Type(s)Plastic
Material Composition100% Plastic
Radio Control Suitabilityindoor
Colorsilver
  
Additional Information
ASINB003STDNUY
Best Sellers Rank 175,822 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight662 g
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Date First Available6 Jan. 2010
  
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The revolving globe projects constellations onto the ceiling to show children how the stars move across the night sky. Switches allow children to select projection, movement and commentary, so they can watch the stars or listen to interesting facts aboout the planets. Use the light pointer to locate and highlight stars. Includes an amazing CD-ROM, with which you can trace stars, planets and constellations and discover where to find them in the sky at any given time. Read about planets, constellations, astrology and the legends behind the zodiac signs in the colourful manual.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Planetarium CD_ROM
    1 x Planetarium Base
    1 x Star Globe
    1 x Star pointer
    Manual
    1 x Spare Bulb

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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 4 Jan. 2011
    I bought this as a present for my 10-year old daughter who loves everything to do with space. It consists of a plastic globe, a torch (presumably for use as a pointer) and a CD-rom. The globe and torch require batteries - we had enough at home on Christmas day to power the globe only. I don't think we missed not having the torch. When powered, the globe lights up on the inside and is supposed to project the images of star constellations onto the ceiling (as per the product literature). This is where the planetarium has been badly designed because in order for the projected image to be in focus, the globe must only be a few feet away from the surface being projected on to. Naturally this rules out projecting onto the ceiling, unless you hold the globe in your hand and stretch your arm towards the ceiling! Otherwise the constellation patterns, and their names, remain disappointingly fuzzy and out of focus. Also, the motor which powers the rotating globe is annoyingly loud. You definitely couldn't use it as a night light because of this. Both the globe and torch are constructed from light-weight, cheap-feeling plastic. The CD-rom contains a programme called Cyber Sky, which needs to be installed on a computer. This wasn't a problem for us, but you should be aware of the specific system requirements. My Mac wouldn't recognise the disk so we put it on a Windows laptop. Cyber Sky is quite interesting, and is the reason I awarded this otherwise useless product 1 star. It enables you to enter your home location and then shows you constellations, planets etc visible in your part of the sky on any day or time. It updates in real time. If you had a telescope and a clear sky you could use the chart to locate objects in the sky to look at. Daughter loves Cyber Sky, so I don't feel I completely wasted my money.Read more ›
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    By Nuska on 16 Mar. 2011
    I bought this to replace a previous version owned by my sons. It wasn't as hi-tech and did not have the same features - however... I have used it as part of Cubs for their Astronomers activity badge.
    It is a bit noisy when on rotate and yes you do have to have it quite high up to get the best effect. I had to stand in the middle of the room and hold it up for the full commentary which didn't help the blurriness when my arms were tired, but I have to say the cubs were spellbound, they lay flat on the floor gazing up & loved every minute of it, and we had 10 minutes of silence! They then tried to spot constellations they had heard of. We then went outside and put what we had learnt into practice with the real night sky. I think it is great as an occasional toy, I think there is not enough features to keep learning with it.
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    What a complete waste of money! Very flimsy, batteries and bulb both need replacing after a week of infrequent use. There's no volume control, so cannot be made any quieter - and it's very loud, so quite useless as a "falling off to sleep" gadget which is precisely what I bought it for. The rotating globe is unbelievably loud too, making what can only be described as a crunching grind - hardly the stuff of relaxation. I have awarded one star, as the narration is quite informative. I wish I'd paid attention to the reviews, and saved my money for something else.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 20 Jan. 2011
    We bought this for our son, who loves it. It's a good educational toy, but can make you a feel a bit weird if you try to read the words as they are rotating!
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