The Universe at Your Fingertips: Spanish Language Astronomy Materials Education Center

Book Cover: El Universo a sus pies Book Cover: El Universo a sus pies

Title: The Universe at Your Fingertips

Publisher: Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Suggested reader’s academic level: Junior High and High School

A Collection of Hands-on Astronomy Activities in Spanish from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

The Universe at Your Fingertips


(Description from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific)

A 490-page collection of some of the very best astronomy and space science activities, selected by panels of veteran educators, has been translated into Spanish and published by the non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP).

The 55 ready-to-use classroom activities in the collection are drawn from the Society’s own programs and from projects and curricula from around the U.S. and Canada. A number derive from NASA missions and workshops. They include such favorites as “The Reasons for the Seasons”, “The Venus Topography Box”, “The Toilet Paper Solar System Model”, “Inventing an Alien”, “Galaxy Sorting”, and “Creating Your Own Constellations.” The target age range is for students 10 - 15 years old.

Part of Project ASTRO (a program to link volunteer astronomers with local teachers in regional sites around the country), the collection is published in loose-leaf format for easy use in the classroom, and has master handouts for many of the activities. Also included are 13 articles with basic astronomy background information, a non-technical astronomy glossary, and 4 guides to effective astronomy teaching and learning.

The cost of the book is $29.95 (plus shipping and handling) through the ASP catalog at their web site: (Look for the AstroShop!)

The production of “El Universo a sus pies” has been made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The translations (which include careful attention to cultural issues and to observing from the Southern Hemisphere) were reviewed by a panel of bilingual scientists and educators from the U.S. and several Spanish-speaking countries. The original activities in English were collected and reviewed with the support of grants from NSF and the NASA Offices of Space Science and Education.

The materials in “El Universo a sus pies” are selected and translated from “The Universe at Your Fingertips” and “More Universe at Your Fingertips,” two widely-praised collections of activities and resources published by the ASP.


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