Author & Illustrator

Andrew Fraknoi

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.

Most Recent Book
When the Sun Goes Dark book


What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

As an astronomer and professor, I am always excited by the interest that young people have in cosmic things. My hope is to capture that interest and expand their horizons -- both in terms of factual knowledge and imagination.

picture Books

science · outer space
When the Sun Goes Dark
science · outer space · planets · stars · the moon · sun
Wonderful World of Space


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