Explore the Night Sky: Astronomy for Beginners

The universe is a big place. Here’s a roundup of resources for anyone interested in learning more about astronomy. Get a crash course to the sun, stars and planets by watching our Backyard Astronomy presentation.

Books for kids:
Everything Space by Helaine Becker
Night Sky by Howard Schneider
Absolute Expert: Space by Joan Marie Galat
The Mysteries of the Universe by Will Gater
Sky Gazing: A Guide To The Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, Constellations by Meg Thacher

Books for teens and adults:
Cosmos by Ann Druyan
Constellations: The Story Of Space Told Through The 88 Star Patterns In The Night Sky by Govert Schilling
50 Things to See in the Sky by Sarah Barker
An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald
Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism by Valerie Stimac

Visit the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) and Niagara Centre chapter websites for events and information about joining this amateur club.

Make your own star finder using this download from the RASC.

Use a star-viewing app to identify stars and constellations. Try Skyview Lite (Android and iOS).

Track the International Space Station using the ISS Detector app (Android and iOS).

For all things space, get the NASA app (Android and iOS).

Borrow a pair of binoculars from the library to zoom in on the night sky.

Watch the recording of our Backyard Astronomy session with Juan Miranda from the Royal Astronomical Society: Niagara Centre.

Happy stargazing!