My newest book, Beyond the Solar System, just came out this month. I'm happy (and relieved) to report that it's getting decent reviews. The starred review in Booklist says it is "notable for its unusually clear explanations of complex topics" which warms my heart and calms my nerves! In truth, I struggled at times with the challenge of writing about dark matter, red shift, relativity, dark energy, and other astronomical discoveries for young people. Huzzah (whew)!
|A replica of Newton's refracting telescope.|
The "Make a Reflecting Telescope" activity takes some time, patience, and a number of materials. But using a homemade telescope to explore the summertime night sky is something no kid will forget. I know I won't!