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The Astronomy Book, Lesson 6

Why did God create the heavenly bodies?

by Dr. Jonathan Henry on January 1, 2002
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These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student.

Introduction:

These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student. Parents/teachers will easily find the answers to questions in the text, and should prepare themselves by reading the stated pages prior to having the student read the weekly assignment. If a child is not able to read yet, parents may wish to read the text to the student.

Read:

  • Pages 22–27

Scripture:

  • Genesis 1:1Genesis 2:3

Questions to answer:

  1. Review the order of the creation days.
  2. According to the Bible, why did God created the sun? the moon? the stars?
  3. What is the difference between a “lunar month,” and the month of September? Of October? Of February?
  4. Which two nations still use the lunar calendar?
  5. What is the the difference between the lunar calendar and the solar calendar?
  6. How many constellations are there?
  7. What is the difference between an asterism and a constellation?
  8. How are stars named?

NOTE: The Sky Challenger is an excellent resource that helps students recognize the constellations and other star groups any day of the year.

Words to know:

  • Lunar calendar
  • Solar calendar

Activity:

Some arithmetic problems can be used to enforce the concept of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the difference in the time at GMT and where the student lives, or other time zones around the world. For instance, if it is noon at GMT, what time is it in New York City? Or what time is it in London, England? Or what time is it in Sydney, Australia?

A good world map will have the various time zones mapped out.

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