Solstice Table Center Piece In the photo above note that the Earth ornament is titled away from the candle Sun depicting how the Sun's light hits the Earth for the December winter and summer solstices. Obviously, the positioning of the Sun and Earth are not to scale in this centerpiece. This is an art project, therefore, I chose to utilize a more artistic and symbolic depiction of the position of the Earth to the Sun to fit into the table wreath. See below for detailed directions on how to create your own Solstice table centerpiece. And so on our beautiful...

Scratch Art Design of the Sun's Corona by Kathleen Horner "Sometimes I think of the Sun and Moon as lovers, who rarely meet, always chase, and almost always miss one another. But, once in awhile they do catch up, and they kiss, and the world stares in awe of their eclipse." By Fiona Newbury ©2014 This coming August 21st we in the United States will be celebrating the occurrence of a total solar eclipse. Others outside the path (penumbra) will also be participating in partial views of the eclipse. I live in a city where the path of totality (umbra)...

A cereal box spectroscope with artistic touches applied (Photo A) Side view Viewing window (Photo B) Viewing window with color spectrum (Photo D) Light slit (Photo C) Rainbows fascinate all of us! Scientists were more deeply inspired by the rainbow in a quest to understand the nature of color and light and the relationship of the two. In order to better understand light we must also understand energy. That leads us to this month's AstroCrafts project Spectroscopy. This activity is probably more project than art and crafts, but you can add some artistic touches to your spectroscope like I did...

Paper Model of New Horizons Spacecraft In this month's AstroCrafts blog it's all about Pluto. I will be sharing how to build a small paper model of the New Horizons spacecraft for older children and Janet's Planet Dear Pluto Letter campaign for younger children (really all ages!) two very creative, exciting and educational projects! About the New Horizons Mission We're almost there! The whole world is waiting in great anticipation for the historical New Horizons spacecraft Pluto flyby on July 14th this year. Think about it all this is going to take place 3 billion miles away from Earth. On...

Create a Night Sky Diorama Diorama by Kathleen Horner In this AstroCrafts project you will learn how to build a diorama (outdoor scene) depicting the beauty of the rich, dark night sky when low level outdoor lighting is utilized. With Earth Day on April 22 and Astronomers Without Borders' Global Awareness Month coinciding in the month of April, the AstroCrafts hands on experience will be a perfect fit in teaching the participants about the harmful effects of light pollution and what we can do to bring about awareness and change for our planet and ourselves. I strongly recommend that you...