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Starlight, Starbright, First Star I See Tonight!

Did you know that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy?  

We are celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first recordings of the night sky with his telescope, when he discovered the moon, the stars, and the moons around Jupiter.

 

To help celebrate, check out these fun activities:

Want to send your name to Mars?
If you visit the Mars Program and register your name, they will include your name on a microchip on the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in 2011. Check out this World Participation Map to see who else is taking this space journey!

The London Regional Children's Museum has a space station gallery called "My Place in Space" where you can prepare for lift-off, feel like an astronaut, explore the planets and stars, and watch a planetarium show!

Want to know what the earth looks like from space? Look at this satellite image of Obama's Inauguration Celebration, where the huge crowds look like massive ant hills!

 

Reading About Astronomy and Space!

Steve MacLean is a Canadian laser physicist and astronaut who has been to space twice! He is passionate about reading and loves libraries. He says that he was inspired by his many trips to the public library as a child, and that reading has created his sense of adventure!

If you want to become an astronaut too, here are some popular reads:

book cover imageAstronomy: Out Of This World by Dan Green

In Japanese-artist style, Green has created a fun and hip world of astronomy facts, with a poster of the solar system included! The universe has never been so cool!

 

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Stars & Planets by Mike Goldsmith

Browse illustrations, photorealistic images, and tons of mind-boggling facts about our universe. You'll have a "blast" visiting Mars, the black hole, asteroids, and the future of space! 

 

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 Binky The Space Cat by Ashley Spires

Binky's "out of this world" imagination will warm your heart! Binky lives in his space station (house), protects his humans from aliens (bugs), and builds a rocketship in his litter box. He absolutely adores space, and you will too!

 

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Green Wilma Frog In Space by Tedd Arnold

Green Wilma the frog is mistaken for an alien child and taken on a trip through space!

 

 

book cover imageMission To The Moon by Alan Dyer

Don't miss this exciting story of space flight to the moon with Project Apollo. This book is filled with colourful visuals, giving you an unforgettable space journey from your very own living room "space-chair!"