Academic journal article Science Scope

Stars

Academic journal article Science Scope

Stars

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Stars By Adam Ford. $16.95. 48 pp. Roost Books. Boulder, CO. 2016. ISBN: 9781611802832.

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Today, it seems no matter what, there's always an app for that. When it comes to a family guide to the nighttime sky, Stars: A Family Guide to the Night Sky is the book for that. It has everything from facts about stars, constellations, gravity, solar systems, shooting stars, and wandering stars to the evolution of the universe.

The book is beautifully printed and illustrated and well-organized. Even for the novice stargazer, it makes complicated content accessible and approachable. There are easy-to-read star charts and stargazing diagrams for each of the four seasons.

How much would you weigh in kilograms and pounds on another planet? Well, there is an activity wheel for that to use right in the book. The pages are packed with games, cards, and interactive models. One of my favorites is "Watch the World Turn," in which you draw an Earthly point of reference and then a star. After revisiting it 15 minutes later, the star appears to move. But what you actually see is the world turning. I plan on using that particular activity for homework when we begin an astronomy unit soon. …

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