Best star projectors: Indoor views of the night sky

What if you could bring the night sky inside? The best star projectors do just that, filling walls and ceilings with stars, constellations and more to create an immersive experience that can spark imaginations. Easy to use and simple to set up, star projectors come in many shapes and sizes and to suit a range of budgets as vast as the night sky itself. 

Quick tips for choosing a star projector

1. Look for a simulation according to actual time and day. 

2. The smaller the room, the sharper the stars will look.

3. Check how many disks come with each product. 

4. Choose automatic shut-off if using it as a night-light. 

Like everything else, with star projectors you get what you pay for. While those at the more affordable end of the market tend to concentrate on room-filling, colorful yet mostly novelty-style ambient projections of the kinds of objects you might see in the night sky, the more you pay the more accuracy you get — and the closer you get to a science-based planetarium-style experience. If the intended recipient is a child with a keen interest in the night sky, go for the latter, which are more impressive and educational.