Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
What is this? Edit
This Technology hows a realistic sky in 3D with planets, their satellites, stars, etc.
Web Applet for Windows, Mac, or Linux
Application in Innovation Edit
Innovation applications: Many
Teachers can use this to allow students to visually learn about almost anything in space; has accurate depictions that are zoom-able.
Applications in Efficiency Edit
Efficiency applications: Some
This one program condenses many things such as books, movies, pictures, models that teachers may have used previously and puts it all in one location that is easier to understand.
Applications in Community Edit
Community applications: Some
Students would not have to be in the same location at the same time to be able to see the same things with Stellarium. Teachers could use this to promote out of classroom group work.
Required technical proficiency Edit
Stellarium is downloadable for Mac or Windows and contains a FAQ. It is also apparently debugged now.
Similar to / different from Edit
This program appears to be very unique. It is certainly different from movies or books because you are able to navigate the sky yourself.
Older releases of this software appear to have significant bugs.
Official page Edit
For more information Edit
There is a wiki page where teachers can discuss stellarium and connect with other teachers: