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I’ve always loved watching my boys’ reaction to that first glimpse of the moon in the sky each night. It doesn’t matter that they see it every single night, just catching sight of it fills their eyes with wonder. Catching a sliver of moon out during a clear, bright day is always a special treat, and many warm nights are spent staring at a brilliant and bright full moon. That amazement is something that’s never really outgrown – I still often find myself pausing to stare up and take in the sight of the moon on a clear night. So you can imagine my children’s surprise when they came home one day to find a very real looking moon hanging on their own bedroom wall!
The Uncle Milton Super Moon In My Room does a fantastic job of bringing an exciting lunar display into your child’s bedroom. It mounts easily to the wall, and once you’ve installed batteries (3 C batteries for the moon, and 2 AAA for the remote – AC adapter available for purchase separately) you are ready to bring the moon into your home. For budding astronomers accuracy is everything and Uncle Milton has that covered. The back of the moon is marked with hanging areas for northern and southern hemispheres, meaning that the moon will always be in the correct position.
The Super Moon In My Room is packed with features and operated by four buttons on the remote control.
Current Moon Phase: Pressing the largest button on the remote will turn the Super Moon In My Room on to the current moon phase, using the built in lunar clock. I love the feature. We’ve used it to learn about the different phases of the moon and my son loves comparing his Super Moon In My Room to the moon outside and guessing the next night’s phase. This is a great feature for kids who want a realistic experience. We’ve also found it to be fun for indoor camping and have used it to illustrate how the moon’s phase affects how well we can see in the dark.
Manual Moon Phase: By pressing the smaller button on the remote you can cycle through each of the moon’a 12 phases manually. This is a lot of fun, allowing kids to compare phases and set their favorite.
Solar Eclipse: By pressing the smallest button on the remote you can activate solar eclipse mode. In this mode the moon face is dark, lit only by orange backlight to mimic a solar eclipse. This is an awesome feature for sky gazing kids! It also happens to be my son’s favorite “night light” option.
Moon Landing Sounds: By Pressing and holding the large button you will activate moon landing sounds, which will play two clips from Neil Armstrong’s historic moon landing.
Nighttime Sounds: Pressing and holding the smaller button activates the nighttime sound of crickets.
There is an option for an AC adapter (purchased separately), which I love. Of course, if you don’t want to plug it in you can always grab some rechargeable batteries like we’ve done! The Super Moon In My Room has an auto off feature that shuts down after 30 minutes to conserve battery. To use all night long, purchasing the AC Adapter will allow you to keep the moon on.
Overall, we find the Super Moon In My Room very easy to set up. The remote is easy to use and responsive. We haven’t had any issues activating the moon with the remote in my son’s fairly large room. The Super Moon In My Room comes packed with features the younger children and astronomy buffs alike will just love. I am impressed by the quality of the moon and the realistic look and my kids love using it as both a toy and an educational tool! The Super Moon In My Room joins Uncle Milton’s astronomy line up: Earth In My Room, Solar System In My Room and Mars In My Room!