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|Astronomy Plus||Space Software/Avanquest||Software + DVD||Excellent planetarium software for beginners and occasional sky watchers with a bonus DVD. Great value.|
|Atlas of the Sky||Space Software/Avanquest||DVD||Not so much an atlas as an astronomy mini-series on a DVD. Impressive exploration of the solar system and the stars|
|Bumps||Focus Multimedia||Software||A game in which the player has to use their knowledge of how things move under gravity to set up a sequence of events around a screen to collect keys and rescue creatures. Good fun, though would be better with a hint option.|
|Colours of Infinity||Blue Dolphin||DVD||Three videos on fractals with a general documentary, a biography of Mandelbrot and a video on fractal mathematics on consciousness. Lacked professional zippiness, but some interesting content.|
|Cosmos: Voyage through the Universe||Softkey/Science Museum||CD-ROM||Astronomy CD-ROM with planetarium, explorations, facts, but presentation not up to modern standards|
|Deep Space Explorer||Space Software/Avanquest||Software||Software enables you to fly around the galaxies, with a multimedia "agent" explaining things: fun, but hard to sustain interest|
|Discovering Life: Water, Air, Matter (Smart Kids)||Softkey/Science Museum||CD-ROM||Fun interactive kids' CD-ROM with 100 experiments to gain insights into water, air and matter. Some problems with the transfer from French, though|
|Encyclopaedia Britannica 2010 Ultimate Edition||Focus||DVD||The world's most famous encyclopaedia in its newest incarnation. So much more useful than the paper version, with excellent content including Children's library|
|Eyes on Mars||Space Software/Avanquest||DVD||Long feature with 6 mini-bonus features on Mars. Very well put together and informative, though perhaps a lot to sit through in one go.|
|History of Life||Ransom||CD-ROM||Entertaining and educational CD-ROM tour of life with good interactive features. Would have done better but needs a little updating and Windows XP compatibility.|
|History of the Universe||Ransom||CD-ROM||Impressive exploration of fundamental physics and cosmology on a CD-ROM. Should have scored better, but needs a little updating and Windows XP compatibility.|
|How the Earth was Made||History Channel||DVDs||Striking video images in this 13 episode tour of some of the more amazing aspects of our planet, from volcanoes and tsunamis to some of our most significant landforms. Very watchable.|
|Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery||ESA/Armagh Planetarium||DVD||Enjoyable and informative DVD on the Hubble space telescope, its trials and tribulations and the results it produced. Beautiful to look at, but a little slow moving|
|Redshift 5.1 Deluxe||USM/Maris/Focus||Software||Very good value for money in a powerful and flexible planetarium that gives Starry Night a run for its money.|
|Redshift 6 Premium Edition||USM/Maris/Focus||Software||Redshift comes of age in version 6 with telescope control and package that really challenges Starry Night, with very attractive pricing.|
|Science Genius: Solar System Explorer||Mindscape/Focus||CD-ROM||Space CD-ROM for UK key stage 2 (8 to 11) - 100 interactive onscreen experiments. A bit less potential for real hands on than the virtual lab, but still effective.|
|Science Genius: Virtual Laboratory||Mindscape/Focus||CD-ROM||Science CD-ROM for UK key stage 2 (8 to 11) - 100 interactive onscreen experiments. Nice that you can also print off a good range for hands on experiments..|
|Secrets of the Mind||Softkey/Science Museum||CD-ROM||CD-ROM on mind and brain with 11 experts, fair content and some neat experiments, but no spark|
|Secrets of the Universe||Softkey/Science Museum||CD-ROM||CD-ROM on astrophysics and quantum theory with 9 expert talking heads and some neat demonstrations, but no spark|
|Solar System for iPad||Marcus Chown||Software||This iPad-only app combines a very readable book with stunning graphics and wonderfully natural interaction to explore the solar system and its contents. Highly recommended.|
|Starry Night: Enthusiast||Space Software/Avanquest||Software + DVD||Superb planetarium software for amateur astronomers with a wealth of features and information and superb detail. Recommended..|
|Starry Night: Pro||Space Software/Avanquest||Software + DVD||Superb planetarium software for serious amateur astronomers with a wealth of features and information and superb detail. Includes telescope control. Recommended..|
|Starry Night: Pro Plus||Space Software/Avanquest||Software + DVD||Absolute top of the range planetarium software for the serious amateur that adds a superb, detailed 20,000 photo mosaic of the night sky, the ability to incorporate your own images and more to Pro Plus. Includes telescope control. Recommended..|
|Teaching You Astronomy Skills (Redshift Planetarium)||Focus||CD-ROM||Powerful if not entirely intuitive planetarium software coupled with piles of guided tours, videos and photos in value for money package|
|Touring the Planets (Smart Kids)||Softkey/Science Museum||CD-ROM||Fun interactive kids' CD-ROM with 100 experiments to gain insights into solar system science. Some problems with the transfer from French, though|
|The Universe||History Channel||DVDs||Nine hours of video in a good value boxed set, covering the solar system, galaxies, stars and more. Watchable if occasionally very "wow, gee whiz". Now joined by Seasons 2 to 4.|
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Last update 16 April 2011