|This was taken at sunrise. The “star” is actually Mercury.|
4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him [Abraham]: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:4-6
Enjoy the night sky with your kids (or early morning!), read the Scripture and ask questions. Why did God make the stars? How many stars are there? What did God promise Abraham? Why did that take faith for Abraham to believe? (He did not have ANY children at this point in Genesis.)
Spend some time under the stars. Not with tons of instruction or for the purpose of positively identifying the constellations. Just be still and enjoy the number of stars and the vastness of the universe.
After time observing, your children could draw or take pictures of make notes in the journal of what they see. Or they might be inspired to write a poem or song, or to write the words of a song or poem someone else has written. One song that comes to mind is “Indescribable” by Chris Tomlin.
- Research: how many stars are there? How many visible to man?
- Learn the names of the brightest stars and identify them.
- Learn to identify the planets in the night sky.
- Log/record the position in the sky of planets, particular stars, or constellations. Do this daily or just periodically to observe how the stars “move” across the sky. Or record several times in one evening.
- Visit a planetarium. Learn about the night sky in the other hemisphere of the earth. How is it different in different parts of the earth?