Smithsonian Planetarium Projector

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At a glance

STEM: Science
STEM: Science
STEM: Technology
STEM: Technology
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Engineering
STEM: Math
STEM: Math
Battery Power Source
Battery Power Source

Highlights

  • Make every night a special one, by bringing the nighttime sky into your child’s room!
  • Watch a rotating star pattern of the northern sky.
  • Project high-definition space images alongside the stars: planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids, satellite, space station, astronaut, Space Shuttle and more! More than 50 different image combinations!
  • 15-minute auto-shut-off lets kids fall asleep under a magical night sky.
  • Includes STEM educational content.
  • Requires 3 “AA” batteries (not included).
  • Ages 8+

Specifications

Suggested Age: 8 Years and Up
Educational Focus: Engineering, Science, Technology, Math
Power Source: Battery
Battery: 3 AA Alkaline, Required, Not Included
Warranty: No Applicable Warranty. To obtain a copy of the manufacturer's or supplier's warranty for this item prior to purchasing the item, please call Target Guest Services at 1-800-591-3869
TCIN: 52213640
UPC: 042409517826
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-3377
Origin: Imported

Description

Bring the nighttime sky into your child’s room with this mesmerizing, dual-function planetarium projector. Just aim the projector at a light-colored wall or ceiling, and gaze at a rotating star pattern of the northern sky. Three disks feature 24 high-definition space images to project alongside the stars: planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids and more. The Smithsonian Planetarium Projector features a 15-minute auto-shut-off, so you can fall asleep under a magical night sky. It comes with STEM educational content and requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Ages 8+.
STEM: Science
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: science.
STEM: Technology
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Technology.
STEM: Engineering
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Engineering.
STEM: Math
STEM toys are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based products that are geared towards developing useful skills in all areas of learning. This product focuses on the core subject: Math.
Battery Power Source
Product is powered by battery
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 5.26 inches length x 11.66 inches width x 14.96 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.85 pounds

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Q: Does it shut off after a couple of hours? Can this be used as a night light?

submitted by C from Carrollton - 4 years ago
  • A: The Planetarium Projector is designed to shut off after 15 minutes to save battery life.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 3 years ago
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  • A: Unfortunately it turns off automatically after 10 minutes, which is beyond ridiculous.

    submitted bySabrina - 3 years ago
  • A: i completley agree sabrina its out rageous i say we band together and make them pay

    submitted by - 2 years ago

Q: Does this projector have a relatively accurate portrayal of the stars and does it show the constellations or is it just random stars?

submitted by kdu - 2 years ago
  • A: No, no accuracy. No constellations. You can see an axis of symmetry where they tiled a pattern to make the stars.

    submitted byLily - 2 years ago
  • A: The stars are an accurate map of the northern sky. It does not show the lines connecting the stars to make the constellations.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: I have 2 disc that state on the case "for sega toys homestar Original, homestar Pro and FLUX & Classic" My question is does the Planetarium Projector play these discs?

submitted by L from Florida - 3 years ago
  • A: The Smithsonian Planetarium only works with the three discs that come in the box. It is not compatible with DVDs and other game discs.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 3 years ago
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  • A: yes L from florida i have the same question but be lover/cousin says it work with the discs.

    submitted by - 2 years ago

Q: Does the disc rotate on its own? Or is it done manually?

submitted by Marianna - 1 year ago
  • A: The disc is manual.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 1 year ago
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Q: We can't get the disc out of the slot on the top. Can someone please advise if there is a trick to it? Nothing about how to take it out in the instructions. seems to be stuck. thanks!!!

submitted by planetariumwoes - 2 years ago
  • A: We're sorry you're having issues with your Planetarium Projector but we want to make things right. Please reach out to us at custserv@NSI-int.com, and we will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: Is this a good gift for a five yr. old girl? To learn about the planets?

submitted by Iwa - 2 years ago
  • A: In addition to projecting a rotating star pattern of the northern sky, the Planetarium Projector comes with three disks that feature 24 high-definition space images that you can project alongside the stars. These images include planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids and other celestial bodies, as well as a satellite, space station, astronaut, Space Shuttle and more. It also comes with some educational materials that describes what you are seeing. So it is a great introduction to the planets!

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: wrapped gift and forgot to check what size batteries it takes. can you help>\?

submitted by kathy k - 2 years ago
  • A: The Planetarium Projector requires 3 AA batteries (not included).

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: What age range does this appeal to?

submitted by Angie - 2 years ago
  • A: It's recommended for ages 8+, but we've had parents of much younger children tell us that they thoroughly enjoyed the product, too.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: What does it show and teach?

submitted by Santana - 2 years ago
  • A: The Planetarium Projector lets you project a rotating star pattern of the northern sky. Alongside the stars, you can project high-definition space images of planets, nebulae, moons, asteroids and other celestial bodies, as well as a satellite, space station, astronaut, Space Shuttle and more. Enclosed STEM materials include a brief description of each, as well as information on gravity in orbit, Newton's Laws of Motion and Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion.

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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Q: Does this projector show the planets as well as stars?

submitted by Granny Bird - 2 years ago
  • A: Yes! The Smithsonian Planetarium Projector projects a rotating star pattern of the northern sky. Three disks feature 24 high-definition space images that you can project alongside the stars. Disk 1 is the planets!

    submitted byNSI Product Support Team - 2 years ago
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3.7 out of 5 stars with 236 reviews
58% would recommend
77 recommendations
quality: 2.93 out of 5
ease of use: 3.81 out of 5
length of play: 3.22 out of 5
value: 3.04 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3.72 out of 5

Durable, good quality

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Kara - 13 days ago
My son loves this for bedtime. It just sits on his dresser and he gets to choose if he's going to fall asleep to the stars or a planet. I like it because it turns off automatically after a couple hours. He got it for an early Christmas gift so we've had it for over a month now. No issues and haven't needed to change the batteries yet, and he uses it every night.
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Poor customer service

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Mom - 22 days ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this for my son for Christmas and it was slightly broken and missing the slides that make it work. I emailed the company and never heard anything back. very frustrated!
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 19 days ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with ProjeX, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to customer service at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under Mom. If you have already contacted them, please be patient. We were closed for the holidays and are trying to respond to every email as quickly as we can.
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Cool toy projector

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Nnyc - 25 days ago
we received this as a gift for my daughter and she loved it. it's a nice projector. it can roatate image (not the slide) while projecting it. images were blurry when we first turned on the projector but after playing with the settings, it turned out clearer than before. it comes with 3 discs. so far we tried only one disc. the only 2 drawbacks are, the slide doesn't rotate by itself, you have change the image manually and it shuts off automatically after 15 minutes. but overall fun toy.
ease of use: 5 out of 5
quality: 4 out of 5
value: 4 out of 5
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
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Poor quality.

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
KJMcGuire - 26 days ago, Verified purchaser
The star portion broke within two weeks of it being gifted. The image portion is fine, but the projected stars won’t turn on now. Obviously didn’t expect it to be super fancy due to the price but I have a very disappointed little guy now that it’s stopped working.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 24 days ago
We're sorry you're having issues with your Planetarium Projector, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you get a replacement unit. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under KJMcGuire.
length of play: 4 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 4 out of 5
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Great product, has focus feature

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
N Ramos - 29 days ago
I was a bit nervous about buying this product for my daughter for Christmas. My biggest concern were the complaints that the pictures were blurry. I bought it hoping that it wouldn't be too bad and found that the part that projects the picture has a focus feature by turning it. My 8 year old love this thing and uses it before bedtime. As for the other bad reviews, they must have not realized that it had this feature.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Image quality is good!

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Nichole - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
This is a great projector for young space lovers! There is a focus knob on it so that you can clean up each image. The package insert also comes with some facts about the planets so that you can talk about it with your kiddo! See the photos. 2 with no lights on. And one with a background light on. You can still see it okay with lights on!
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
length of play: 4 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
quality: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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not accurate

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Flying Squirrel - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
The star patter projected is not actually the northern sky as advertised. There was a mirror plane where some of the star patters were projected twice. Perhaps mine was defective, but not really what was advertised. Seems increidbly cheap.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 month ago
We're sorry you're having issues with your Planetarium Projector. There was a delay in your review showing up on our feed, so we just saw it this afternoon. If you haven't already returned the product, we will be happy to make things right. Please email our customer service team at custserv@NSI-int.com, putting "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line. Let them know you posted your review under Flying Squirrel.
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Mediocre Projector

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Blumajestik - 1 month ago
The good thing is that it's inexpensive, however, I'd rather spend more to get a quality one. The images are poor and you can only see one planet/item at a time as others have mentioned.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 1 month ago
We're sorry you are disappointed with your Planetarium Projector. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will do everything they can to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Blumajestik.
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 3 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 2 out of 5
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Poor image quality but great for thr price.

3 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Tim - 2 months ago
Battery operated and has 3 modes. Image, dots and dots and image. You can also make the dots rotate. This comes with 3 disks of images. Unfortunately the images are blurry. Laying on our bed with my son you can make out the space shuttle and astronaut but the ISS and satellites are a little less obvious. I can see using this as a night light as well. For the price I don’t regret the purchase, but it will be something that will end up being replaced eventually.
ease of use: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
broad age appeal: 4 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
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Disappointing

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
trgtshppr - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
I bought 2 of these, one for my daughter & one for a friend. They both love space so I was very excited to have found this. Unfortunately, this is not a very high quality projector as the images are too blurry & small. I'm actually embarresed to have given as a gift. What a disappointment. It could have been so much better.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
We're sorry you're disappointed with the Planetarium Projector, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we'll be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you published this review under trgtshppr.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Blue LED is such a bad choice

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
PA - 2 months ago
Blue light?! Why on earth would you make the led blue?! A warm white would be such a better idea. Very low quality, you cannot focus the dots that they call stars so if you set it on the floor and shine on the ceiling the “stars” are dim fuzzy dots about 1/2” big, The “projector” ,on the other hand, is focusable and you can get crisp images but very small only about 16” diameter in the middle of the fuzzy dots. The “high resolution” images are standard resolution at best, but they do show up in a very dark room. The dots only show up in a blacked out room though. The slides they include are ok, all the planets and some moons a few nebulae and some satellites shuttle and astronaut. Just wish the stars looked like stars not big blurry blue dots. My 4yo wants to keep it but otherwise I would return for sure.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
We're sorry you are disappointed with your Planetarium Projector, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under PA.
ease of use: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
length of play: 2 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Not approved by the space force

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Wooniverse - 3 months ago
save your money and don't ruin Christmas for your future US Space Force Astronaut. This was a thoroughly disappointing product and I have considered asking Smithsonian if they had a quality control on this product before they slapped their name on it. The lights are so dim, I couldn't even get the room dark enough to see. Also, I thought the constellations were going to be more realistic, but they are just in a grid shape. And the cheap plastic construction makes it look like a preschooler toy. do yourself a favor and just spend couple extra bucks and get one that has more features. I might even suggest just getting a video projector and play a slideshow of galaxy pictures or play nasa's live feed. I was frustrated for spending my money and listening to what seem to be canned reviews.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 2 months ago
We're sorry you were disappointed with your Planetarium Projector, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to make things right. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Wooniverse.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 3 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Waste of money

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Emross - 4 months ago
Wasn’t what I expected at all you have to hand turn the slides and whenever you turn it on it makes a loud clicking noise. Definitely won’t be buying Smithsonian products again.
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 4 months ago
We're so sorry you were disappointed with your Planetarium Projector, but we'd like the opportunity to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under "Emross."
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 2 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
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Amazing!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Andrea - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
So happy I bought this for my sons birthday! I don’t find it blurry at all, I think the darker the room the better. It’s easy to use and I love the timer. It was a fantastic birthday gift
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Meh

3 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
- 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
It hardly projects. The images are very small. The stars spin but not if you also have an image up. Everything was very small
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 8 months ago
We're sorry you're disappointed with your Planetarium Projector. Did you try moving the projector farther from the wall, then refocusing? If we can help you in any way, please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and we will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under brittmoore.
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decent

2 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Krystal - 9 months ago
we were a bit skeptical after reading reviews but my brother insisted it be a gift for our sons third birthday. it has a great flashlight, timer is a must, but would agree it is blurry. tried focusing like other reviews stated and it seems the dial gets stuck
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 9 months ago
We're so sorry you had a disappointing experience with your Planetarium Projector, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you get up and running, or replace your unit, if necessary. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Krystal.
ease of use: 3 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
length of play: 3 out of 5
quality: 2 out of 5
value: 2 out of 5
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Awesome product!!!!!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Disappointed - 9 months ago, Verified purchaser
Great teaching and learning item for young minds that are showing interest in things other than video games.
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My two year old loves it!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
- 9 months ago, Verified purchaser
I am glad I purchased this, it's been sitting in my favorites for a while but I was hesitant to purchase because of the negative reviews. I didn't find the photos to be blurry, and I didn't have problems tilting or angling the projector. The slides don't turn themselves but I bought this for my son and he likes to turn the slide himself anyway. I'll include photos but it's still light out so keep that in mind you can still see pretty well. Also there is multiple option settings Still picture only Still pictures with still stars Still stars Only Rotating stars Still picture with rotating stars
quality: 5 out of 5
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 5 out of 5
value: 5 out of 5
length of play: 5 out of 5
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Projector

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
JR - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
My Nephew Loved It. He is Into Space & The Planet's.
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very dim and bad focus

1 out of 5 stars
Would not recommend
Scott - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
The light for the projector is very dim and the focus on mine kept getting stuck
1 reply from NSI Product Support Team team - 11 months ago
We're sorry you're having issues with your Planetarium Projector, but we really want to make things right. Please reach out to our customer service team at custserv@nsi-int.com, and they will be happy to help you. Please put "Target Review Follow Up" in the subject line, and let them know you posted this review under Scott.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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