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** Selected for the AppStore's 'Best of 2014' for iPad! **

* Features 10 interactive experiments, including the new additions “Earth to Mars” and “Evolution of a Star” (both available in the Stars & Planets Pack)

How does the universe work? Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe explains the principles that control our universe through simple and fun experiments.

From one of the world’s greatest thinkers you’ll learn why:
- Planets stay in orbit around stars
- Black holes may not actually be black
- Time is not the same for everyone
- Stars cannot exist without fuel
- Travelling between planets requires the right timing
- Objects fall at different speeds
- Stars are not always where we perceive them to be
- Motion and location depend on an outside observer
- Gravity and acceleration have more in common than you think
- Our understanding of the universe has evolved over time.

Based on the work and writings of Stephen Hawking, this app teaches both adults and students the basic theories that govern our lives on Earth as well as the movement of the stars and planets. You can play and learn at the same time in each of the ten experiments included in Snapshots of the Universe:
- Spin planets in orbit with your own solar system
- Pilot a ship from Earth to Mars
- Drop objects with Galileo to learn about gravity
- Let Einstein feel some G-force in outer space
- Search for black holes in the constellation of Leo
- Form and grow your own stars
- Discover Einstein’s warped worldview
- Plus more…

Each experiment includes an interactive portion and a deeper-dive text section to help you understand the science and key theories. In addition, select experiments include video segments that provide further visual explanations.

App Support: If you experience any problems with the Snapshots of the Universe app, please e-mail us at support@randomhousedigital.com.

What's New

Version 1.5

Minor bug fixes and updates for iOS 9.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings



An insult to not only the genius that is steven hawking, but also to the intelligence of primary school children.

The Relativity of motion section which compares the "speed" of 2 people moving on top of trains takes takes only magnitude into account when calculating the so-called correct answer, and not direction, and simply uses the terms "faster" and "slower", meaning that at times, when the correct answer is entered, the app responds with "incorrect".

For a so-called educational app, this is simply inexcusable, and can only have a detrimental effect on your child's understanding of basic arithmetic. As the title suggests, Avoid.

Good, but room for improvement

Lego 356

Firstly the spelling is American which is weird because if Hawking was explaining he would use S instead of Z. More links to external sources such as more in depth documentaries or lectures, the info graphics are really well done.

The explanations leave you yearning for a more detailed account, very engaging.
Good science starter

Of limited substance

Department of Standards and Quality Control (DSQC)

Good introductory movie and sounds. Disappointing physical content - both minimal and inaccurate. The app manages to teach you nothing whether or not you are familiar with the physics because the limited content is flawed with physical and historical inaccuracies. With links to Stephen Hawking’s books at the end of every "explanatory” section, this is really just an expensive sales gimmick.


Penguin Random House LLC NY
822.5 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Copyright © 2014 Stephen W. Hawking
In-App Purchases
  1. Stars & Planets Pack £0.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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