The HomeStar planetarium

by Paz

The HomeStar planetarium.

When I was a young lad I developed an interest in astronomy. The problem was I lived in Salford in the UK and it was always either raining or the skies were too cloudy at night to actually see the constellations reliably – so I took up model aeroplane building instead.

If only one of these home planetariums (planetaria?) was available when I was growing up; I could have been the next Steven Hawking.

 The HomeStar planetarium can project over 10,000 stars onto your ceiling at a distance of around 2 metres. The stars can rotate anti-clockwise to represent the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere.

The constellations are loaded with different “Starry disks” and are projected using a high brightness, white LED. It can even be set to show shooting stars at random intervals.

It comes with a built in timer, so you can leave it on in the kids’ bedroom when they go to sleep.

At $229 it’s not too expensive but if your not yet convinced you can see a video of the HomeStar planetarium working here (in Japanese). 

The HomeStar planetarium from

2 reviews or comments

akihabaraotaku Says: December 9, 2006 at 6:34 am

now there is a new version…the homestar pro…even cooler with planets in color and a moon disk…and i like the metallic black body much better:

thanh son Says: August 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

excuse me !, but i dont’t how far the homestar planestarium can light in a room. because i have a room which has 4*8 m2 area.

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