Space is a pretty exciting place. It’s one of our last frontiers, there’s a lot we don’t know about it and there’s a lot of it to explore!

There is so much for children to get excited about in astronomy. Kids love the fact that there are so many unknowns and more to discover. It’s like being the first person to sail over the horizon or the first person to dive down into the deepest ocean.

Here are 7 positive benefits for children into astronomy…

1. It’s an activity parents and children can do together

Being out under the stars opens up everyone’s minds and when the questions start, a sense of wonder ignites a great relationship between parents and children. The dark night sky seems to cocoon the family and it’s just the light of the Moon or stars that illuminate your faces. Together with your children you can explore the peaceful and tranquil surroundings above.

2. Gets children interested in science

Space gets children in from the outset! It’s intriguing and wondrous and mystifying. Is there life out there? How did the Earth come to be? Where does the Universe end? Astronomy engages children easily with its beauty and wonder. Before you know it they will be making the links to all other types of science like geology, physics, maths and biology. Who knows what science career may be around the corner!

3. Gets children outdoors

It’s wonderful to be out under a dark night sky. The stars stretch off in all directions and you can really embrace the serenity of the outdoors. There’s nothing like fresh air, crisp nights and the night skyscape to see above you. We’re very used to being outdoors in the daylight, but there’s a certain magic about being outdoors at night – in the dark – all spooky and mysterious!

4. Gets kids away from their iPad and Xbox

By its very nature, stargazing and astronomy require the absence of artificial light. So all those computers, TV’s and smart phones need to be turned off. Artificial light is the enemy of the stars. When all the lights go out we can see the stars much better. What better way to get children away from their screens!

5. Gets children learning

We know so little about what’s up there in the Universe. In fact we only know about 5% of what’s up there. The desire to explore the unknown unleashes the questions within and children embrace their inner scientist. Questioning and wondering leads to yet more questions and before you know it, your children will be teaching you a thing or two about space.

6. There are new jobs on offer in WA

It’s exciting times for astronomy in Western Australia. There are some incredible multinational astronomy science projects underway in our own backyard. Projects like the giant Square Kilometre Array radio telescope which will come online in 2020, will need not only astronomers, but engineers, computing technicians, mathematicians and technology gurus who can problem solve and innovate in ways we haven’t even though of yet. There are astronomy jobs waiting out there for today’s primary school and high school students.

7. Leads to the cultivation of a lifelong interest

Looking through a telescope and seeing Saturn for the first time is an unforgettable experience. I can assure you, once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life. I myself am an accidental stargazer. I happened into astronomy about 10 years ago when I ran the observatory in Gingin. I’ve never lost the wonder. Once children have ventured into space, they will always be keen to know more. Will we discover life on other planets? Will we send humans to Mars? These questions will remain and new ones will be asked. Astronomy takes you further in life than you can ever imagine.

I hope you and your children get out under the stars together soon. Enjoy the wonder and the peace that it brings and be amazed at how the questions will lead you to a lifelong passion just like it did for me.

Are you ready to inspire your children into the world of astronomy?

It’s fantastic when families join in our Stargazers Club WA events and activities. Together you can discover how easy it is to begin and meet other families who share a passion for the stars! What’s coming up next?

Space is a pretty exciting place. It’s one of our last frontiers, there’s a lot we don’t know about it and there’s a lot of it to explore!

There is so much for children to get excited about in astronomy. Kids love the fact that there are so many unknowns and more to discover. It’s like being the first person to sail over the horizon or the first person to dive down into the deepest ocean.

Here are 7 positive benefits for children into astronomy…

1. It’s an activity parents and children can do together: Being out under the stars opens up everyone’s minds and when the questions start, a sense of wonder ignites a great relationship between parents and children. The dark night sky seems to cocoon the family and it’s just the light of the Moon or stars that illuminate your faces. Together with your children you can explore the peaceful and tranquil surroundings above.

2. Gets children interested in science: Space gets children in from the outset! It’s intriguing and wondrous and mystifying. Is there life out there? How did the Earth come to be? Where does the Universe end? Astronomy engages children easily with its beauty and wonder. Before you know it they will be making the links to all other types of science like geology, physics, maths and biology. Who knows what science career may be around the corner!

3. Gets children outdoors: It’s wonderful to be out under a dark night sky. The stars stretch off in all directions and you can really embrace the serenity of the outdoors. There’s nothing like fresh air, crisp nights and the night skyscape to see above you. We’re very used to being outdoors in the daylight, but there’s a certain magic about being outdoors at night – in the dark – all spooky and mysterious!

4. Gets kids away from their iPad and Xbox: By its very nature, stargazing and astronomy require the absence of artificial light. So all those computers, TV’s and smart phones need to be turned off. Artificial light is the enemy of the stars. When all the lights go out we can see the stars much better. What better way to get children away from their screens!

5. Gets children learning: We know so little about what’s up there in the Universe. In fact we only know about 5% of what’s up there. The desire to explore the unknown unleashes the questions within and children embrace their inner scientist. Questioning and wondering leads to yet more questions and before you know it, your children will be teaching you a thing or two about space.

6. There are new jobs on offer in WA: It’s exciting times for astronomy in Western Australia. There are some incredible multinational astronomy science projects underway in our own backyard. Projects like the giant Square Kilometre Array radio telescope which will come online in 2020, will need not only astronomers, but engineers, computing technicians, mathematicians and technology gurus who can problem solve and innovate in ways we haven’t even though of yet. There are astronomy jobs waiting out there for today’s primary school and high school students.

7. Leads to the cultivation of a lifelong interest: Looking through a telescope and seeing Saturn for the first time is an unforgettable experience. I can assure you, once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life. I myself am an accidental stargazer. I happened into astronomy about 10 years ago when I ran the observatory in Gingin. I’ve never lost the wonder. Once children have ventured into space, they will always be keen to know more. Will we discover life on other planets? Will we send humans to Mars? These questions will remain and new ones will be asked. Astronomy takes you further in life than you can ever imagine. I hope you and your children get out under the stars together soon. Enjoy the wonder and the peace that it brings and be amazed at how the questions will lead you to a lifelong passion just like it did for me.

Are you ready to inspire your children into the world of astronomy?

It’s fantastic when families join in our Stargazers Club WA events and activities. Together you can discover how easy it is to begin and meet other children who share a passion for the stars! What's coming up next?.