Getting Your Child Interested in Astronomy


If your child becomes interested in astronomy, you can be assured of a lifetime of satisfaction and pleasure for them, including that special sense of wonder with the universe, a possibly lifetime hobby, and potential professional career that they really love.

However, before giving them binoculars or getting them a hand held planetarium or telescope, you can start introducing your child to basic things. For instance, you can bring them outside on a clear night sky to look at the stars.

Naked Eye Astronomy

Naked eye astronomy refers to the way in which humans generally see the stars in the sky, that is, using the eyes, and with no other equipment and tools. It is usually the way to start learning about the beauty above. This is because, aside from the moon, here are other night heaven objects that can be seen. Also, planets, including Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and other bodies, such as the Pleiades, may be difficult to see from the eyes of a telescope.

It is really better to get your children inspired about these things by looking at the night sky by making sure that they learn about them, and witnessing the different phases of the moon, as well as the different shapes of the brighter constellations, without the use of instruments.

If you, yourself, are not into astronomy yet, and if you are hazy about certain topics such as the names of the constellations, it will be a good opportunity for you to set on a discovery voyage together with your kids. There is a lot of software programs that are currently available, helping you to identify the heavenly bodies that you expect to see at night. You may also explore the constellations found in charts of astronomy guidebook. You can lead the way, and pass on good knowledge about stargazing.

Reinforcement is Important

Now that you have the needed tools, software programs, guidebooks, and others that can provide you the necessary information about astronomy, or the basics of it, there is another thing that you have to keep in mind. If you want to make sure that the interest of your child in astronomy goes deep into them, reinforcement is essential.

This is true with other topics and subjects as well. For instance, if you happen to mention the color of Rigel or Betelgeuse at night, you can ask your children if they remember the stars of Orion as well. These are just basic suggestions, but these can make them think, and remember of the things they are learning in this subject.

Another example, if you are working on the phases of the moon you can encourage them to do an experiment, using a flashlight and a tennis ball. There are different ways in which you can plant the seeds of interest in the hearts of your child. They will certainly thank you for that when they grow up.