Astronomy (Space)

Maybe it's just us, but we think there's a lot of interest in astronomy. It could just be that we have a nearly full bookcase of astronomy books, or that Apologia's Exploring Creation with Astronomy is one of our best-sellers. But whatever it is, the interest never seems to go away, and summer, with its many balmy nights of cloudless skies is a perfect time to explore the topic. 

Astronomy, a natural science, is the study of celestial objects (stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and nebulae), processes (such as supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic microwave background radiation), the physics, chemistry, and evolution of such objects and processes, and more generally all phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth. Studying the universe as a whole, technically called "physical cosmology" is a related but distinct subject.

Astronomy, which comes from the Greek astron (star) and nomia (law or culture), is certainly one of the earliest sciences. As early as Genesis 1:14, we are told the purpose for the Sun, Moon and stars is... for signs and seasons, and days and years. We know that many early civilizations in recorded history (Babylonians, Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese, Maya, and more) performed methodical observations of the night sky. In what might be termed "Classical Astronomy," the topic has historically included disciplines as diverse as astrometry, celestial navigation, observational astronomy and the making of calendars. We carry a course called Signs and Seasons, which helps bring out the practicality of astronomy.

Although astronomy should not be confused with astrology (the belief system which claims that human affairs are correlated with the positions of celestial objects) it does have a similar origin. One word mentioned only in Job 38—mazzaroth—has to do with constellations and the biblical story in the stars. It's a fascinating topic, and Lift Up Your Eyes on High, an astronomy course for high school or adult students, references this with more depth than we've seen elsewhere.

Now considered nearly synonymous with astrophysics, modern professional astronomy uses principles of physics and chemistry "to ascertain the nature of the heavenly bodies, rather than their positions or motions in space." During the 20th century, astronomy split into two branches. Observational astronomy focuses on observing astronomical objects and acquiring data, then analyzing that data using basic principles of physics. Theoretical astronomy is oriented toward the development of computer or analytical models to describe astronomical objects and phenomena. The two fields complement each other, with theoretical astronomy seeking to explain the observational results and observations being used to confirm theoretical results.

While none of these books will fully prepare students for a professional career in astronomy, most will spark their interest in our vast, strange, and fantastic universe.

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101 Super Simple Science Experiments
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
21 Super Simple Astronomy Experiments
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$15.00
All About Rockets and Jets
All About Books #13
by Fletcher Pratt
2nd edition from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
All About Satellites and Space Ships
All About Books #28
by David Dietz
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About the Planet Earth
All About #46
by Patricia Lauber
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Earth Science (Location: SCI-EARTH)
All About the Stars
All About Books #7
by Anne Terry White
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
Americans in Space
by John Dille
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
Americans Into Orbit
Landmark #101
by Gene Gurney
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Answers Book for Kids Volume 5
by Bodie Hodge, Ken Ham
from Master Books
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Worldview & Apologetics for Kids (Location: BIBWV-APK)
$7.99
Astronauts Sticker Book
by Emi Ordas
from Usborne
for 1st-4th grade
Basher Science: Astronomy
Basher Science
by Simon Basher, Dan Green
Pap/Pstr from Kingfisher
for 3rd-6th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$9.99
Big Book of Space Exploration to Color
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
Book of Astronomy - Student Guide
by Shawn Wheatley, Paul O'Brien, Brenda Janke
1st edition from Memoria Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Memoria Press Science (Location: SCICUR-MP)
$14.95
Book of Astronomy - Teacher Guide
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Memoria Press Science (Location: SCICUR-MP)
$16.95
Bright Star
by Gary Crew
from Kane/Miller
for 3rd-5th grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Child's Introduction to the Night Sky
by Michael Driscoll
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for 1st-5th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Children's Atlas of the Universe
from Weldon Owen
for 1st-6th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space
by Stephanie Redmond
1st edition from Bright Ideas Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Christian Kids Explore (Location: SCICUR-CKE)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Classical Conversations Ecology, Astronomy & Physics - Science Cards
from Classical Conversations
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Classical Acts & Facts Cards (Location: HISCUR-CC)
$16.00 $10.00 (2 in stock)
Classical Conversations Ecology, Astronomy & Physics - Science Cards
from Classical Conversations
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Classical Acts & Facts Cards (Location: HISCUR-CC)
$22.99
Comets - Coloring Book
Educational Read & Color Books
by Peter & Linda Spizzirri
from Spizzirri Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Educational Read & Color Books (Location: COL-SPIZ)
$3.95
Constellations of the Night Sky - Coloring Book
from Dover Publications
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.74
DK Eyewonder: Space
by Carole Stott
from DK Publishing
for 1st-6th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewonder: Space
DK Eyewonder
from DK Publishing
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$10.99 $7.50 (1 in stock)
DK New Astronomer
from DK Publishing
for 1st-8th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Earth Science - Student Textbook
4th edition from Bob Jones University Press
for 8th grade
in BJU Science (Location: SCICUR-BJU)
$62.25 $40.50 (2 in stock)
Earth Science - Student Textbook
5th edition from Bob Jones University Press
for 8th grade
in BJU Science (Location: SCICUR-BJU)
$62.25
Exploring Creation With Astronomy
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60
Exploring the Solar System - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by Bruce LaFontaine
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.74
Exploring the World of Astronomy
by John Hudson Tiner
from Master Books
for 5th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Science (Location: SCICUR-MP)
$14.99
Exploring the World of Astronomy - Set
by John Hudson Tiner
for 5th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Science (Location: SCICUR-MP)
Exploring the World of Astronomy - Supplemental Student Questions
by Cindy Davis
from Memoria Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Memoria Press Science (Location: SCICUR-MP)
$5.00
Exploring the World of Astronomy - Teacher Key & Tests
by Cindy Davis
from Memoria Press
for 7th-10th grade
in Memoria Press Science (Location: SCICUR-MP)
$8.00
Famous Women Aviators - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by LaFontaine, Bruce
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.74
Find the Constellations
by H. A. Rey
2nd edition from Houghton Mifflin
Non-Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$9.99
Flying to the Moon
by Michael Collins
from Sunburst Book
for 4th-8th grade
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$7.64
Focus On Elementary Astronomy - Laboratory Workbook
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Focus On Elementary Astronomy - Package
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
Focus On Elementary Astronomy - Student Textbook
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Focus On Elementary Astronomy - Teacher's Manual
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Focus On Middle School Astronomy - Laboratory Workbook
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Focus On Middle School Astronomy - Package
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
Focus On Middle School Astronomy - Student Textbook
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$20.00 (2 in stock)
Focus On Middle School Astronomy - Teacher's Manual
by Rebecca W. Keller
from Gravitas Publications, Inc.
for 5th-8th grade
in Real Science-4-Kids (Location: SCICUR-RS4K)
$27.00 $18.00 (2 in stock)
Galileo
by Mitch Stokes
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 7th-Adult
in Christian Encounters (Location: BIO-CE)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth - Student Book
by Debbie & Richard Lawrence
Master Books Edition from Master Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Answers in Genesis God's Design (Location: SCICUR-AIG)
God's Design for Heaven & Earth - Teacher Guide
by Debbie & Richard Lawrence
Master Books Edition from Master Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Answers in Genesis God's Design (Location: SCICUR-AIG)
Great Astronomers
by Robert S. Ball
from Echo Library
for 5th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
Great Astronomers
by Robert S. Ball
from Living Book Press
for 5th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$10.95
Guide to Backyard Astronomy
by Robert et al Burnham
from Fog City Press
for 6th-12th grade
in Astronomy (Space) (Location: SCI-AST)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
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