Out-of-This-World Astronomy: 50 Amazing Activities & Projects

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What are stars?
Why does the moon change shape?
How close is the nearest planet?

Budding astronomers will find answers to all their questions about the night sky--and far more--in these 50 eye-opening activities. Three-hundred color photos and illustrations, some from NASA's magnificent collection, help kids soar out into the solar system, get their bearings among the stars, and see the size of Earth as ...

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Overview

What are stars?
Why does the moon change shape?
How close is the nearest planet?

Budding astronomers will find answers to all their questions about the night sky--and far more--in these 50 eye-opening activities. Three-hundred color photos and illustrations, some from NASA's magnificent collection, help kids soar out into the solar system, get their bearings among the stars, and see the size of Earth as compared to the neighboring planets. Youngsters will learn how to use binoculars and a telescope. To remember what they see up above, children can create a stargazing notebook to chart viewing highlights or take pictures of star trails. A photographic trip to the Moon will inspire kids to map its many phases, calculate their lunar weight, or find out what happens during an eclipse. Voyaging farther out also reveals why the other planets wouldn't make a good home for humans, and will help children understand why Earth is so very special, too.

Introduces "the study of stuff in space," providing statistics, quizzes, activities, and experiments about the stars and planets.

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Gr 5-8-An excellent introduction to astronomy. While not all of the projects live up to the subtitle's billing as "amazing," most are interesting, informative, and well within the abilities of the intended audience. Activities include building an astrolabe, models of the relative distance and sizes of objects in the solar system, a sundial, and a solar bakery. Instructions are clear and often include an explanation of the reasons for the expected results. The outstanding background information, which provides the basis for the projects, is a real strength. The readable text, arranged in small, clear, and easily digested passages, introduces astronomical concepts independently of the activities. An introductory chapter presents guidelines for observing the sky and measuring distances, and lists necessary equipment. Subsequent chapters cover the Moon; the Sun; the solar system; and stars, galaxies, and other deep-space objects. Spectacular color photos and other graphics, useful charts, and graphs augment the text. Sidebars provide brief facts, statistics, and terminology, and an attractive layout adds to the book's visual appeal. Comparable to Ian Graham's Space (Lorenz, 1999), with activities similar to those in Isaac Asimov's Astronomy Projects (Gareth Stevens, 1996; o.p.), this outstanding book combines the best of each.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781579904104
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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