Astronomy for Kids: How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes!

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Ignite their passion for exploring the night sky―the astronomer's guidebook for kids ages 7 to 13

"No matter how many times you've orbited the Sun, Astronomy for Kids is really for kids of all ages. Dr. Betts shows you how to become an astronomer―an observer of the stars. With this book, you can know the cosmos and your place within it. Read on, walk out, and look up!"―Bill Nye, science educator, author, and CEO of The Planetary Society

One of the coolest things about outer space is that anyone can explore it. All you have to do is go outside and look up! Using plain sight, binoculars, or a small telescope, Astronomy for Kids shows stargazers how easy it is to explore space, just by stepping outside.

With this book as their guide to the northern hemisphere, kids will learn to find and name amazing objects in the night sky. Fully illustrated with fun facts throughout, kids can point out sights to friends and family, saying things like, "that's Jupiter," and, "those stars are the constellation Cygnus the Swan," and maybe even, "that group of stars doesn't have a name but I think it looks like my dog getting belly rubs."

From the Milky Way Galaxy to Mars to the Moon's craters and mountains―Astronomy for Kids helps young astronomers discover important parts of our solar system, with:

  • 30 sights for the naked eye (yes, 30!) objects to see without any equipment, including Orion's Belt, the Big Dipper, Mars, and even the International Space Station.
  • 25 sights magnified with binoculars or a basic telescope to make objects in the sky easier to find and explore. Plus, buying tips and usage tricks to get the most out of astronomy equipment.
  • Clear illustrations that show kids where to look and what they can expect to see.

 

Like all big things, outer space is something you have to see to believe. Astronomy for Kids teaches kids that planets, shooting stars, constellations, and meteor showers are not only in books―but right above them.


DR. BRUCE BETTS is a planetary scientist who loves teaching people about planets, space, and the night sky in fun and entertaining ways. He is the chief scientist for the world's largest space interest group, The Planetary Society, where he heads both the Science and Technology and the Education and Outreach programs. He regularly writes for a variety of online and print publications, including The Planetary Report and his blog, planetary.org. Learn more at RandomSpaceFact.com.


"DR. ERICA COLÓN is a National Board Certified Teacher who taught science in the classroom for over a dozen years. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and decided to design her own science curriculum to help teachers spend less time trying to make their own resources and focus on what they love to do most-- teach. In 2012, she started her own business, Nitty Gritty Science. Her science curriculum can be found in classrooms all over the world. Dr. Colón is a proud Navy wife who currently lives with her husband and three children in Virginia.

0.63" H x 8.0" L x 8.0" W

168 pages

hardcover