How hot is a star? Our closest star, the sun, is about 9,900 degrees Fahrenheit on the surface - and hotter inside!



  • Make a Star Clock! from Sky and Telescope - Did you know you can use the stars to tell time at night? Find out how.
  • Starry Dot-to-Dot - Connect these dots and see a constellation - then unscramble the letters to see its name!
  • Astronomy Games from Kidsastronomy.com


Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Get help with downloadable books or ask a librarian or parent for help.

FICTION


Galileo’s Journal, 1609-1610 by Jeanne Pettenati
A story about the famous astronomer building his own telescope. The author explains which parts of the story are based on fact.

Sondok, Princess Of the Moon and Stars by Sheri Holman
Sondok, who later ruled what is now part of Korea, longed to study astronomy, but ran into barriers because she was a girl.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
This is the fictionalized account of the life of a real person who became a ship’s captain, and wrote a navigational book still used today.

NON-FICTION


Astronomy by Kristin Lippincott
Beautiful photographs highlight this introduction to astronomy.

Step-by-Step Science Experiments in Astronomy by Janice Pratt VanCleave
22 easy, clearly-explained experiments to help you learn about the stars.

Night Sky: and Other Amazing Sights a series by Nick Hunter
These four books give clear explanations and show great pictures which describe comets, eclipses, the northern lights, and stars.

Constellations a series from The Child’s World
Each book in this series describes a constellation and the myth that goes with it, including Orion, Taurus and more.

Night Sky Atlas by Robin Scagell
All about constellations, the evolution of stars and galaxies, and the planets in the solar system, with great photos.

The Sun by Nick Hunter
Set up as an imaginary trip to the sun, this also includes interviews with an astronaut and astronomer.

Out-Of-This-World Astronomy : 50 Amazing Activities & Projects by Joe Rhatigan
A terrific introduction to space, easy to read, with lots of super illustrations, and photos, and fun activities to do.

Starry Messenger: A Book Depicting The Life of a Famous Scientist, Mathematician, Astronomer, Philosopher, Physicist, Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis
Read about life and work of the courageous man who changed the way people saw the galaxy.



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MAGAZINES


Astronomy
A monthly magazine about astronomy, including a monthly fold-out star chart to help you find your way across the night sky. (The chart’s in the center of every issue, and should be used without removing from the magazine.)

MOVIES


Bill Nye the Science Guy: Outer Space [DVD]
Bill gives the inside scoop on planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

Animated Hero Classics: Galileo [DVD]
The story of the astronomer who discovered the sun was the center of our solar system.

CONSOLE GAMES


WALL-E [Wii]
You are WALL-E! Make space for astronomical fun.



Astronomy for Kids from Astronomy Magazine
Learn about asteroids, comets, stargazing and more.

Astronomy Picture of the Day from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
A fresh image every day!

Family Fun from Sky and Telescope Magazine
From the same site as the Star Clock in the Activities section above, learn to make your own Star Wheel, or even a sundial to track the movement of our nearest star.

Tonight’s Sky from Hubblesite.org
View videos showing the night sky, and explore this site devoted to the Hubble telescope.

Marc’s Observatory This site, maintained by an amateur astronomer, is a fun interactive mixture of facts about space, including constellations.

Halley’s Comet from Kidsastronomy.com Learn about the famous comet.