National Space Day

Have you ever looked up into the night sky in wonder? Take the opportunity to learn more about space with these resources, and more, available at the Lititz Public Library. Be sure to also participate in National Space Day on May 7th! National Space Day is observed every year on the first Friday in May and is dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration and use of space.

Just the Facts : Space FactsSpace facts / produced by Global Science Productions – suitable for all ages, this video presents 25 of the most important events in space exploration over the last 40 years.

100 questions about outer space : and all the answers, too! / written and illustrated by Simon Abbott – a colorfully, illustrated introduction to astronomy presented in a question-and-answer format. What holds galaxies together? Would Saturn float in a bathtub? How do astronauts use the toilet?
Young astronomers can find out the answers to all their questions about space on this wild ride through the solar system . . . and beyond!

Biggest, baddest book of space / Jen Schoeller ; consulting editor, Diane Craig, M.A./Reading Specialist – learn the secrets of the biggest planets, get to know flying space rocks, get lost in giant black holes, and discover more about our solar system and beyond.

Children S Encyclopedia of SpaceChildren’s encyclopedia of space / Giles Sparrow – Travel into space with this comprehensive visual encyclopedia of the cosmos, from the Big Bang to the Extremely Large Telescope. Full of galactic facts, dramatic photographs, and CGI artwork, and based on the latest astronomical research, this is a definitive guide to our Solar System, the Universe, and beyond.

Space vehicles / James Bow – learn about the many vehicles used in space exploration.

See the stars : your first guide to the night sky / Ken Croswell – develop your star-gazing skills with this book of twelve star-gazing activities. What’s the best way to find the stars and constellations? Astronomers tell us to go out on a clear night with two things: a pair of binoculars and an expert as your guide. With Ken Croswell’s See the Stars, all you need are the binoculars. Save the complicated star charts for later. With See the Stars, it’s easy for readers to experience the twelve best and brightest star patterns (one for each month) in the sky. On a clear night, young astronomers will have fun comparing color photographsof constellation with those in the night sky. Readers will learn about the life and death of stars, black holes, why stars are different colors, and more.

DESTINY IN SPACE (IMAX)Destiny in space / produced by IMAX Space Technology Inc. ; a film for the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution ; produced by Graeme Ferguson ; written and edited by Toni Myers – Board a satellite in space to look back upon the shuttle as it orbits the Earth. Be part of the crew, working alongside the astronauts as they deploy and repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Travel millions of miles beyond Earth to soar above the remarkable contours of Venus and Mars.

The 50 best sights in astronomy and how to see them : observing eclipses, bright comets, meteor showers, and other celestial wonders / Fred Schaaf – Discover some of the greatest sights in astronomy and learn how to see them for yourself! The night sky holds endless fascination for anyone who chooses simply to look up and observe, but with so much to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. This remarkable book introduces you to the fifty best sights in astronomy and tells you exactly how to see them. In no time at all, you will learn how to find and appreciate the Orion group of constellations; the Summer Triangle; Venus, Jupiter, and Mars; the best meteor showers; man-made satellites; star clusters; novae; variable stars; and more. The sights are presented according to the field of view necessary to see them. Your eyes and a clear night sky are all you need to view the sights in the first part of the book, before moving on to those that can be observed through binoculars and, finally, a telescope.