Back-to-School Swag for Space Fans
Here are Space.com's picks for your shopping list. From NASA backpacks to cosmic pencils and "Star Wars" stationery, these school and office supplies are out of this world!
UP FIRST: Some stargazing gear
This 80-millimeter refractor telescope comes with an alt-azimuth mount, a full-size tripod with a built-in accessory tray, a 40-mm drawtube focuser, a 25-mm eyepiece with a red-dot viewfinder, and a smartphone adapter that lets you take deep-space images with the camera on your phone. See detailed features on the surface of the moon, or explore the textures in Saturn's rings and Jupiter's cloud belts. ($129 on Amazon)
Why we love it: Taking photos of deep space with a smartphone camera has never been easier! Anyone who has tried holding a phone up to a telescope's eyepiece knows the struggle of getting that alignment just right. A smartphone adapter does all that hard work for you.
NEXT: Binoculars ... with a phone mount
Gosky 10x42 Binoculars with Phone Mount
Whether you're watching birds, gazing at the night sky or watching a sporting event from the "nosebleed section" of the stadium, this 10x42 binocular by Gosky offers a high-quality and compact tool for getting a closer look. These binoculars come with a smartphone mount, and they can be mounted onto a tripod with a separate adapter. If you wear eyeglasses, the eye cups on these binoculars can be adjusted to fit comfortably, so you don't need to remove your glasses. For a limited time, Amazon Prime customers can save an extra $8 with a digital coupon. ($76 on Amazon, $68 with coupon)
Why we love it: These compact binoculars are great for stargazing on the go — and they'll certainly come in handy when Comet 46P/Wirtanen becomes visible in December!
NEXT: A real space rock!
Meteorite Pendant Necklace
These necklaces are literally out of this world! Each of these meteorite pendants weighs between 6.5 and 9 grams (0.2 to 0.3 ounces) is believed to be a fragment of a 50-ton iron-nickel meteorite that fell in Campo Del Cielo, Argentina more than 4,000 years ago. The necklaces come in cute gift boxes made to look like tiny treasure chests. ($20 on Amazon)
Why we love it: A fraction of the proceeds from every necklace purchased goes to the Pearl Buck Center, a charity that helps people with cognitive disabilities.
NEXT: A bag for "luna-tics"
Apollo Mini Messenger Bag
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA's first Apollo moon missions with this stylish Apollo messenger bag! The bag includes a padded laptop sleeve, magnetic snaps to keep the flap closed, and an adjustable shoulder strap. ($40 from ThinkGeek)
Why we love it: Not only does this bag feature a detailed map of the lunar surface, but it also shows the Apollo landing sites! It also features NASA and Apollo mission patches.
NEXT: A bigger NASA bag
NASA Duffel Bag
Whether you're packing for a mission to the moon, to the airport or even to the gym, this NASA duffel bag offers a practical and stylish way to lug your cargo around. The roomy bag comes complete with pockets and a removable/adjustable shoulder strap, and the bottom is reinforced with added metal feet. ($99 from ThinkGeek)
Why we love it: On this bag you'll find the official NASA meatball insignia, an Apollo 16 mission patch, a Space Shuttle program patch, an American flag, and a "Remove Before Flight" zipper pull.
NEXT: A mini-moon!
Color-Changing Moon Lamp
This 3D-printed, color-changing moon light glows in 16 different colors. The 4.8-inch (12.2 centimeters) orb comes with a wooden stand and a remote control to change the color and the brightness. ($15 on Amazon)
NEXT: To go where no chess player has gone before...
Tridimensional Chess Set
Trekkies, now you can take your chess game to a whole new dimension. It has three playing boards, four movable attack boards, 32 gold and silver game pieces. The game stands 14 inches (36 centimeters) tall when fully assembled. ($270 on Amazon)
Why we love it: This special "Star Trek" 50th anniversary chess set is made to look just like the one Captain Kirk and Spock play with in "The Original Series."
NEXT: A zen garden ... in space
My Little Space Mission Sandbox
While this toy is meant for young kids, it's basically just a space-themed "zen garden" that adults can enjoy, too. Inside the moon-themed sandbox is one lunar crater, three astronauts, some moon rocks and asteroids, a shovel and a rake. ($25 on Amazon)
Why we love it: Kids can use their imagination to simulate a space mission, while adults can tinker with it as a form of meditation.
NEXT: Snooze like an astronaut
Astronaut Hooded Lounger
Float off into zero-G dreamland with these fabulous astronaut pajamas! The one-piece suit might resemble NASA's extravehicular mobility units, or the rigid and uncomfortable spacesuits that astronauts wear during spacewalks, but it's much softer and way more comfortable. It's made with 100 percent polyester and features a "SPACE" logo made to look like NASA's meatball insignia, ribbed cuffs at the wrists and ankles to help seal in warmth, and shiny silver details. ($30 from ThinkGeek)
Why we love it: You can watch a demonstration of an astronaut lounging in deep space in this amazing video from ThinkGeek.
NEXT: A lunar notebook
AstroReality Lunar AR Notebook
This gorgeous Lunar AR notebook from AstroReality is perfect for "lunatics." Inside the shiny, embossed hard cover is an image of the moon goddess Diana, and by downloading the free Astroreality app, you can turn this page into an interactive, augmented-reality experience. ($14.24 on Amazon.com)
Why we love it: The cover of this notebook is high-quality, feels great and looks amazing — and it has been used and approved by Space.com staff! The back of the notebook has a pocket for small papers and a list of fun facts about the moon.
NEXT: Build mini space missions!