stephenhawkingName: Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe

What is it? Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe explains the principles that control our universe through simple and fun experiments. You’ll learn why: planets stay in orbit around stars, black holes may not actually be black, time is not the same for everyone, objects fall at different speeds, stars are not always where we perceive them to be, and much more.

Best for: High school students and older learners.

Price: $4.99

Rated: 9+

Requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


  • Experiments include: Spin planets in orbit with your own solar system, 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, Discover Einstein’s warped worldview, and more.
  • Each experiment includes an interactive portion and a deeper-dive text section that helps you understand the science and key theories. In addition, select experiments include video segments that provide further visual explanations.
  • Optimized and styled for iOS 7 with clean and streamlined graphic elements, the app also supports Dynamic Type so you can resize the text of the “Why?” screens.


About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.