This little girl is fascinated by the Meteorite or MeteorWrong activity.
Photo: Linda Prince, Amateur Observers' Society of NY
Remember your first love? Most likely it came and it went. But, astronomy is a love that endures. Did you know that if a child or teen is introduced to astronomy at a young age it's likely that the love of astronomy will develop and be carried into adulthood? We've also noticed that adults fall in love with astronomy pretty easily, too, and tend to stay hooked. Our clubs hold star parties that are interesting to the whole family. They also do a lot of solar viewings, perfect for children who are too young to stay up late into the night. Here are some helpful resources for parents and educators:
You'll find lots of kid-friendly activities at NASA's Year of the Solar System, including the Egg Drop Lander activity. The theme changes monthly, so there is plenty to choose from each month.
Universe at Your Fingertips is a collection of activities and resources by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for teaching astronomy, including an article on Picking the Top Tourist Sights in the Solar System. You can get previous versions of Universe at your Fingertips in Spanish.
EU Universe Awareness, aimed at children as young as four years old, has lots of resources and a helpful article called Too Young to Learn?
Join our vibrant stargazing community!
We invite you to join the NASA Night Sky Network stargazing community on Facebook and Twitter for daily sky charts and lively conversation about all things planetary.
Clear skies and happy stargazing!
The NASA Night Sky Network is managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in cooperation with NASA.