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How Augmented Reality is Making Inroads into Astronomical Learning?

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Exploring space in a classroom is tricky!

Learning solar system, earth motion, day/night cycle, seasonal changes, moon motion, moon phases and more with physical model seems monotonous and do not provide the clear understanding of subject matter.

According to cognitive science, children synthesize their knowledge about universe based on two things: observation of world and its explanation.

With 3D tangible models, the subject can be explained to the core, but they failed to render any kind of experience.

Plus, one-way teaching with no interactivity does not engage and intrigue the students any more.

Leveraging AUGMENTED REALITY as a medium to assist teaching is the best solution.

Augmented reality combines virtual reality with real world environment and showcase the content which actually does not exist in real time.

When in the classrooms, using augmented reality, astronomical concepts are explained, students can explore the various phenomena of space that are even difficult to imagine.

 

Take a glance at different astronomical concepts that can be easily illustrated harnessing the potential of augmented reality.

Current location of stars and planets

Without using any astronomy equipment, children can see the whole universe onto the high-tech screens. Well, this high-tech screen is none, but of digital devices that help in discovering so many things about stars and planets.

When device is projected towards any star in the sky, it depicts which planet it is and even, one can view how the sky appear to the people on the other side of the earth.

Augmented reality app using GPS technology will identify users’ current location, and then calculates the correct position of all celestial bodies that appear from the Earth in real-time.

 

Explanation about constellation

Learning about distinct constellation from the book and searching them in sky is quite a boring task. Instead, when same constellation would appear in the sky with labels is great fun and interesting as well.

AR solutions would automatically identify stars and constellations, when one simply hold Smartphone up in any direction of the sky.

 

How Spacecraft explore universe?

This topic is very complex to understand, but intrigues every one. NASA spacecraft 3D application lets one know how different spacecrafts explore solar system, universe and study earth.

Interactive application shows how these robotic eyes move, learn and extract the valuable data from the planet’s surface.

 

Lunar phases and solar eclipse

Lunar eclipse and solar eclipse are the elementary topics taught in the primary classes. Though, the two remain confusing forever.

Marker based augmented reality solution display how these two eclipses occur with vivid understanding. The great tool comprehend the features of solar system at ease and let learners view eclipses in the palm of one’s hand, on desk or on the floor.

 

Takeaway

AR model provide realistic representation of astronomical concepts that’s hard nut to crack in the classes. It reduces complexity and provides scientific comprehension of phenomena in a better way.

Possible use of this technology is not limited to the classroom while it can help students anywhere.

Following augmented reality trend is worth for amazing space journey.

Have you experienced any other app changing the face of space learning? Please, share your views in comments given below.


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