The Astronomy Book, Lesson 9

A Tour of the Solar System—The Sun and the Moon

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These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student.


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.


  • Pages 38–43


  • Genesis 1

Questions to answer:

  1. Draw a picture of the Moon inside the Earth showing its size compared to Earth.
  2. Develop some arithmetic problems comparing the weight of a person on Earth with the weight of a person on the Moon. Example: How much would you weigh on the Moon if you weighed 60 pounds on Earth? (Answer 10). You can have the child do these as fractions (1/6 x weight on Earth = weight on Moon) or division (weight on Earth divided by 6 = weight on Moon). Be creative!
  3. Write a research paper comparing the various evolutionary ideas about the origin of the Moon with the true account found in Genesis 1.
  4. What is God’s special purpose for the Sun?
  5. How big is the Sun?
  6. What distinguishes the Sun from other stars?
  7. Discuss some scientific and Biblical problems with the “nebular hypothesis.” (See also J. Maxwell biography, P. Laplace biography.)

Note: The explanation given in the book about nuclear fusion as a source of energy for the Sun is out of date. Recent results indicate that nuclear fusion is, in fact, a primary source of energy for the Sun.

Words to know:

  • Lunar recession (p. 39)
  • Nuclear fusion
  • neutrinos

Additional articles:

NOTE: Parents/teachers may wish to read these articles and summarize them for younger students.

Addtional resource:

Learn more about the wonders of the solar system through the eyes of the Hubble Telescope with the video series featured at the right.

Future activity:

In November, people in Europe and North America will be able to see the Leonid meteor storm. Find out more here.


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