June 1, 2011

Starry Stargazing

When I was a little girl, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, for the longest time, I would say ASTRONOMER. For years and years I thought astronomy was My Destiny. I thought Carl Sagan was way cool. (He is, right?) I read every book about astronomy I could get my hands on.

(Photo courtesy of http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110406.html)

If you want to see truly stunning pix of all things astronomical, go check out the NASA site at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html for their astronomy picture of the day.

Sometime in elementary school, I sadly realized that being an astronomer meant having a fundamental grasp of basic adding and subtracting skills. Time for a career change!

(Then I decided that I wanted to be an editor. What teen thinks they want to be an editor? After that, I was convinced I was going to be an actress. In N.Y. mind you, not L.A. I was big on making that distinction. Are we getting this? Astronomer, Editor, Actress. Professional weirdo is more like it!)

(Photo via R. Jay Gabany/Apod.Nasa.gov)

Summer and star gazing seem to go together, don’t you think? I picked up this new Fancy Nancy Stellar Stargazer book in the grocery store, of all places. (I’ve found that you can find some cool books in grocery stores!)

I love that the story (and her Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire book) has loads of factual information presented in such a fun way.

Fancy Nancy goes camping in her backyard with her family, looks for constellations, goes on a pretend lunar trip to the moon and of course, makes s’mores. Julia and I are going to replicate this entire adventure this summer!

My Book of Planets is a perfect introduction to the world of celestial objects in our own solar system, suitable for the Very Small Astronomer:

Each page has a peekaboo hole leading to the next one!

I am getting this, whoopsie daisy, I mean Julia is getting this . . .some time. Either next Christmas or next birthday! My heart literally started getting fluttery and excited when I discovered Dumpling Dynasty kits of indescribable cuteness:

These kits are just to die for adorable. There are stationary kits, hair accessory kits, make your own doll kits, a baking kit. And more. AND the star gazer kit, which I have found in numerous places but I found the best price here.

The kit contents include: Aspherical (I don’t know what that means but it sounds rad) telescope with pull focus, a box of glow-in-the-dark stars, adhesive stickers and a star explorer journal. IS THAT COOL OR WHAT?

I’d love to hear about your own starry-related kid adventures or favorite books! It will make me feel like I’m not alone in my astronomical dorkiness. Oh and my husband spent a long time lecturing me that astrology and astronomy are not related subjects. Bummer.

1 comment:

  1. Stopping by to say hi from SITS! :D
    Have a wonderful day :)