8 Safe Astronomy Projects You Can Do from Your Home Right Now

The study of the moon, galaxies, comets and everything else opens the doors to a life of appreciation for this little blue marble that we call our home and our expansive universe.

However, the fun and excitement that surrounds the study of space do not end as a child. Astronomy indeed attracts young people to science and technology, even leading them towards a STEM career path.

Astronomy holds a special place in the hearts of many people around the world. For the beginners, astronomy is simply the study of the sun, the moon, stars, planets, comets, gas, galaxies, gas, dust, and other bodies and not terrestrial phenomena.

Since the beginning of time, humanity has looked to the heavens, looking for patterns in the celestial bodies, looking for meaning and order for the universe around them.

Astronomy itself looks at observation, while its close astrophysical cousin focuses on the behavior, properties, and movement of objects. However, it is worth mentioning that there is generally an overlap between the two terms.

While isolating yourself at home, there are many great resources and projects you can do from your backyard. You just need to access the night sky.

And don’t worry, there are also great astronomy projects for adults. Today we’re going to highlight some of our favorite astronomy projects for people of all ages, projects that are perfect if you’re stuck at home. Let’s start.

 

 

  1. Let’s start with stargazing.

Let's start with stargazing.

Astronomy project level: beginner.

One of the best things to do when the nights start to warm is to spend some time looking at the night sky. For this project, all you need is a laptop, a pen to take notes, and a smartphone or tablet.

Even more, it’s a great nighttime project for people of all ages. Although stargazing is not new, there are apps that identify what’s in the night sky, with 3D animations and educational content.

All you have to do is point your phone at the night sky and interact with the celestial bodies on your mobile device. While discovering what is in your backyard, take the time to follow the objects over the months, noting how their positions change.

We recommend that you download the SkyView and Star Walk apps to get started. During your exploration, you might even come across some planets and galaxies.

 

 

2. Observe the surface of the moon.

Observe the surface of the moon.

Astronomy project level: beginner.

Another simple project for people of all ages. All you need for this project is a pair of modest binoculars, a clear night sky, and a visible moon.

With just these binoculars, you can see the incredible surface of the moon in much more detail than you might think, revealing some of its stunning craters and lunar seas.

More so, take the time to record your observations, analyzing the evolution of the moon over time. It is also worth noting that the moon will change places over time.

Many people observe the moon, take the observations, and draw them; thus, creating beautiful works of art.

 

 

3. Look at the International Space Station.

Look at the International Space Station.

Level of the astronomy project: beginner-intermediate.

After observing the moon and the few planets, why not try to discover the International Space Station? The ISS travels at around 27,600 km / h above the Earth, allowing it to orbit the Earth about 16 times a day.

About 400 kilometers above the planet, the space station is visible at more than 6,700 sites around the world. It is not that difficult to spot it because it is one of the third brightest objects in the sky.

If you want to learn more about how to spot the ISS, be sure to visit its NASA website here.

 

 

4. Photo of Star Trail.

Star Trail Photography

Level of the astronomy project: intermediate-advanced.

As mentioned above, the stars move their position all the time. This is partly due to the fact that the Earth continuously orbits the sun, causing the positions of the stars to shift from our point of view.

When photographed over time, these movements create magnificent light trails in the sky, aptly called star trails. This project will take a little more planning and commitment than the other projects on this list, but the end result will be incredible.

You will need a camera capable of filming in “Bulb” mode, a sturdy tripod, and a cable. And if you plan to do it while it’s cold, make sure you have a decent flashlight and very warm clothes. To get the full DIY process for Star Trail photography, be sure to stop here.

 

 

5. Jump into astrophotography.

Jump into astrophotography

Level of the astronomy project: intermediate-advanced.

Okay, so if you have mastered Star Trail photography and now are looking forward to capturing other major celestial bodies – enter the world of astrophotography. For this project, all you will need to begin is a DSLR or mirrorless camera on a tripod-mounted tracker.

Astrophotography simply involves taking pictures of objects in space. What’s more, with the right, easy-to-access tools, you can capture great photos of galaxies and even star clusters.

There are many ways to get started with astrophotography, and it’s also a fantastic project to do during the summer months. Here’s what you need to know about astrophotography if you want to get started as soon as possible.

 

 

6. Create a poster of a lifecycle of a star.

Create a poster of a lifecycle of a star.

Astronomy project level: beginner.

This project is great to do with children, teaching them the life cycle of a star while getting their hands dirty with arts and crafts.

As a child, it is difficult to know how long a star can “exist”. This project will help put things in perspective.

Armed with simple household items like black construction paper, cotton balls, and markers, you can create an attractive poster depicting the life cycle of a star. The project is another great way to teach children interactively about the celestial bodies they see every night. If you want to finish the project, be sure to stop here.

 

 

7. Catch some stardust.

Catch some stardust

Level of the astronomy project: beginner-intermediate.

Stardust is made up of particles remaining from a supernova explosion. Stardust offers researchers a glimpse into the history of our universe. Yet have you ever thought about how they collect it?

Another perfect project for children. This project allows them to create their small satellites, analyzing whether the number of particles collected during a satellite mission is linked to the distance from the satellite’s orbit to the object observed.

Such projects are excellent because they also teach children the scientific method.

 

 

8. Using stars to show the home path.

Using stars to show the home path.

Astronomy project level: beginner.

To travel long distances, ancient people used stars to get from a place to another However, how do you know which stars to use? And how do you use them? In this project, you will teach your children (and yourself) how to identify the “navigation stars” in each hemisphere of the world.

You can combine this project with a camping trip or any other outdoor project on the list because it is a valuable skill to have if you ever get lost. To learn more about this project, be sure to stop by Science Buddies.