The Kids’ Corner

At Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory

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The Orion Nebula


Childrens’ Programs Summer 2017






Thursday, June 22, 2017

10:00 AM

Greg Weaver

2017 Eclipse

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

8:00 PM

Amy Hornberger

Our Marvelous Moon

Friday, July 7, 2017

8:00 PM

Sheila Vincent

Animal Constellations and More

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10:00 AM

Paul Stratton

How the Earth was Formed

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

10:00 AM

Scott Jackson

Weird Things About the Moon

Friday, August 25, 2017

8:00 PM

Scott Jackson

Volcanoes in the Solar System





Please contact us for reservations at 302-654-6407 between 9am and 1pm Monday through Friday. Or you can email me at KimGreenMCAO@gmail.com.

 The admission fees are $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.  A parent must attend with a child.

 *Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions as the observations are outdoors. Clear skies will result in chilly to cold conditions even during the warmer months.


Children’s Books That Are Out of This World!

by Amy Hornberger

June 2017


             This month’s book is I, Humanity by Jeffrey Bennett.  Dr. Bennett is an astronomer and professor, as well as an author.  Several of his books (including I, Humanity) have been sent to the International Space Station to be read by astronauts as part of a program called Story Time From Space!

             I, Humanity tells the story of people’s ideas about space and Earth’s place in it, and how those ideas have changed throughout history.  The book is structured to highlight how humans have continually expanded our understanding of space through observation and the use of technology, such as astrolabes, telescopes, and spacecraft (both manned and unmanned).  There are many great pictures to help explain the concepts presented in the text.

             This is an intriguing and information-rich book, one that can be returned to again and again.  It is probably best suited for ages 8 and up.  The back matter includes a glossary, activities connected to the concepts and themes in the book, and a note to parents and teachers.


             You may also want to check out the websites listed below.




Children’s Books That Are Out of This World!

by Amy Hornberger

April 2017


             April is National Poetry Month, so this month, I have three astronomy-related poetry books to tell you about.  The first one is Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings, by author-illustrator Douglas Florian.  This collection includes poems about the sun, the moon, and each planet in our solar system (and Pluto!), as well as other celestial objects.  The poems vary in length, but all of them rhyme and many of them are funny.  Florian’s illustrations are also terrific; overall, this is a delightful book. 

             The next book is Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space, by Amy E. Sklansky.  The poems in this collection include a variety of formats, such as acrostic, haiku, and cinquain.  They are accompanied by factual information, for instance, “The Moon does not generate its own light.”  Stacey Schuett’s illustrations are wonderful and add further depth to the text.  The book is unique and engaging.

             The last book is A Full Moon Is Rising, by Marilyn Singer.  It, too, is unique, as each poem presents an interpretation of a full moon from the viewpoint of people in a different part of the world.  Therefore, it ties together science, geography, and culture.  Julia Cairns’ lovely illustrations and Singer’s notes at the back of the book provide more insight.

             I encourage you to check out all three books.  They are gems, and poetry is fantastic any time of year—not just in April!


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