Starry Night (Middle School) (Mac / Win) for $399.95 at Academic Superstore
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Starry Night
Product ID: 1393913 | Mfg Part #: 17320/SNMS

Limited Supply as of September 25th

Starry Night Middle School

Research proven solutions for grades 5-8 astronomy education.

Easy To Use

With 20 years of development, Starry Night is optimized for a user-friendly experience.

Scientifically Accurate

Starry Night gives you powerful, accurate, customizable tools to inspire and engage your students.

Interactive Sky Simulator

Hands-on activities that encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration.

Teacher Resources

Flexible teaching models, pre- and post-assessment resources, and professional development.

Built in Student Lessons

Computer exercises, with interactive simulations, fully mapped to top astronomy textbooks.

K-12 Correlation

Built-in Lesson plans correlated to state and national standards that meet your curriculum needs.


One small step for curiosity, one giant leap for education

Lesson Plans

Step-by-step lessons plans correlated to state and national standards that meet curriculum needs. Correlations for all 50 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces.

Scientifically Accurate

Accurate visualizations and simulations that allow students to make precise observations of Moon phases, motions of the Sun and planets and much more.

Hands On Exercises

Interactive computer exercises and hands-on activities encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration and accommodate diverse learning styles.

Assessment Resources

Pre- and post-assessment resources are included along with each astronomy lesson, and provide recommendations for improving student performance.

Key Skills Development

Starry Night Middle School provides opportunities to develop key student skills: observation, data collection, analytical thinking and discovery.

Lesson Extensions

Learning extensions are also provided to connect the astronomy lessons to additional topics in math, physics, language, social studies and technology.

What You Get

All this and a bag of lightspeed too!

  • New Web/Chromebook Version!
  • Award Winning Software
  • Three Ring Binder
  • QuickStart Guide
  • Diagrams & Maps
  • Grids & Charts
  • Assessment Activities
  • Scoring Ruberic
  • New & Updated Theories
  • Sample Lessons
  • Correlations by State/Province 
  • Volume Licensing

Apple iMac running Starry Night Middle School software showing a planet Saturn simulation


Topics Covered

  • Unit A: Earth, Moon and Sun
  • Unit B: The Solar System
  • Unit C: The Planets
  • Unit D: Small Solar System Bodies
  • Unit E: Star Finding
  • Unit F: The Sun as a Star
  • Unit G: The Stars
  • Unit H: Galaxies & the Universe
  • Unit I: Space Exploration


We put the rocket in space science software

New! Teachable Moments

Fresh and relevant auto updates of new lessons, exercises, simulations, and phenomena.

Exercise Enhancements

Exercises are enhanced with Guiding Questions, Key Concepts, & Did You Know's, to help illustrate phenomena.

Universal Search

New dynamic user-optimized interface, with "Universal Search" for objects, Starry Night files, SkyGuide references, options, events, and more.

High Performance Graphics

The incredibly rich and detailed Starry Night software OpenGL graphics that have set the industry standard for excellence in astronomy software.

Extragalactic 3D Database

New & Exclusive - The Starry Night Extragalactic 3D Database includes over 200,000 galaxies encompassing over 1 billion lights years of space.

Space Missions

New and updating space missions with 30 detailed and accurate 3D models of spacecraft & trajectories for a real flight time experiences.

3D Suns

Every star is now accurately rendered as a 3D body with classification-appropriate color, texture and relative radii.

Updated Messier Catalog

An updated Messier catalog with new breathtaking high resolution images of your favourite star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Analemma Simulations

The Sun's analemma can now be drawn accurately on any planet's surface.

3D Exoplanets

Exoplanets as 3D bodies with proper location, size, orbit and planetary texture. Land on the surface, see a sunset from the surface of Kepler-62e!

Scientific Precision

The most precise planetary positions available (using JPL ephemerides) plus an expanded asteroid catalog with highlighted families and groups.

H-R Diagrams

Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams tell about star age and mass, plotting star luminosity on a vertical axis vs. star temperature on a horizontal axis.

Horizon Panoramas

54 streamable photorealistic horizon panoramas, from Antarctica, to Stonehenge to the Egyptian Pyramids, and much more!

Ephemeris Generator

Ephemeris values are handy for knowing where an object will be in the sky at a particular time. You can export and print it out.

Graph Tool

The Graph offers a way of examining changes in an object’s qualities over time. It is possible to plot more than one object on the Graph at one time.

Updated Surface Maps

We've got new maps of many planets and moons including Vesta, Ceres, and, of course, our favorite dwarf planet Pluto!

Apple Macbook running Starry Night Middle School software showing the Rosetta space mission simulation

System Requirements:


  • 32-bit or 64-bit operating system
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 1 GHz or higher processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB of hard disk space
  • 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card
  • Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.


  • OS X 10.7 or higher
  • 1 GHz or higher processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB of hard disk space
  • 128 MB OpenGL 1.4 capable graphics card
  • Minimum recommended monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.

Web | Chromebook | iOS | Android

  • Supported on all the leading web browsers; i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.
  • Chromebook Compliant! Intel based Chromebooks suggested; Application takes up ~300MB
  • iOS requires iPad & iOS 7.0 or later.
  • Android requires tablet & Android 4.0 and up.