This illustrated book is a fun way to get young astronomers ready for August 2017, when millions of North Americans will have the rare chance to witness a solar eclipse. The book tells how two curious children and their grandparents re-create eclipses in their living room using a lamp, a tennis ball, two Hula Hoops, and Ping-Pong balls. Later, in the backyard and around the house, the family explores safe ways to view a solar eclipse and ponders phenomena from sunspots to phases of the Moon. Written by the authors of NSTA’s award-winning book Solar Science, When the Sun Goes Dark gives children and adults hands-on techniques for learning the science behind eclipses of the Sun and Moon.
Andrew Fraknoi is an astronomer and college professor whose specializes in explaining astronomical ideas in everyday language. He is the author of two children’s books so far, “Disney’s Wonderful World of Space,” and “When the Sun Goes Dark” (about eclipses.) He is also the lead author of a free on-line astronomy textbook, and has had two science fiction stories published in anthologies.
Andrew likes to read science fiction (as well as write it) and collects examples of music inspired by astronomy. He is very honored to have an asteroid named after him. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi to honor his contributions to the public understanding of science.
Dennis Schatz is Senior Advisor at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. He is also Field Editor of a new journal, Connected Science Learning, which highlights links between in-school and out-of-school learning. The journal is a joint effort of the National Science Teacher Association and the Association of Science Technology Centers.Dennis is the author of 23 science books for children, including Uncover A T. rex (becker&mayer!), the Fossil Detective series of four books (becker&mayer!) and the popular Totally series of six books (Totally Dinosaurs in 2000 to Totally Sea Creatures in 2003; becker&mayer!). His books have sold almost 2 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 23 languages. His Uncover A T. rex book was a 2003 Parents Choice Award Winner, and his Fossil Detective Woolly Mammoth received a 2006 iParenting Media award. He is also coauthor/editor of several curriculum resources for teachers. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.