The projection of the night sky can be set to rotate anti clockwise for the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise for the Southern Hemisphere.
One of its interesting features is the date and time setting. You can set the current time and date or choose a particular day. Whichever you choose you will see the night sky as it appears on that particular day.
Set the rotation in motion and you will see the stars move in accordance with the earth’s spin. You can watch this in real time or speed it up using one of five speed settings.
Another feature is the shooting star button. Select this and you’ll see a shooting star every few minutes as the night sky rotates. Speed up the rotation and the frequency of the falling star appearance will increase proportionally.
The Astro Planetarium has a built-in speaker and an audio port for connecting a smart phone or other device for playing music. It also contains an FM radio with preset stations and a search function.
It runs on three AA batteries and they are included, though of course you may want to replace this with rechargeable batteries when they run out.
It has been received good reviews from adults and young teenagers. Bought together with an introductory book like the Collins Beginners Guide To Stargazing it would make an exciting present that would entertain for years.
For younger children or for lower prices check out alternatives like the Brainstorm Toys Deep Space Home Planetarium and Projector.