The 5 days of Christmas science projects continues with Christmas science astronomy! Turn your eyes to the sky and dig deep into the mystery of the Christmas Star, see what Christmas looks like on Mars, and explore the phases of the moon this December. You can enjoy simple Christmas STEM activities throughout this 5 days Christmas science countdown series!
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE ASTRONOMY ACTIVITIES
CHRISTMAS SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
NOTE: You don’t have to be religious to enjoy these ideas and activities!
You may not think there is much that astronomy has to do with Christmas, but there is! While our modern view of Christmas has become all about glittery trees, candy canes, gingerbread houses, and presents…
The real Christmas is about Christ, and it all started with the Christmas Star! But did you know about the mystery that surrounds the Christmas Star?
Also read on to explore the moon and Mars this Christmas season…
Christmas Science Astronomy: Study the Stars for Christmas
The Star of Bethlehem
The origins of the Christmas star are regarded as a scientific mystery to both physicists and astronomers. Was this “star” a meteor, comet, super nova or nova, or planetary conjunction? Read more here. Astronomers have several theories on this
Another fun documentary is Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon. Follow the events of the historic Apollo 8 voyage in this fascinating documentary. CHRISTMAS AT THE MOON includes insights from both NASA’s behind the scenes workers and the astronauts who partook in NASA’s second voyage to space. This documentary is available for free with Amazon Prime or to rent for $1.99.
What will Christmas be like on Mars?
With the recent landing of the Mars rover InSight it’s a great time to explore what Christmas will be like on Mars one day.
If the Mars One mission becomes a reality, in 2027, a team of 4 humans will spend their first Christmas on Mars. What will it be like? Since Mars is tilted on its axis like the Earth, the planet does have seasons. Winter lasts 4 months, while summer lasts 6 months. However, the summer months are still very cold and may not top -4 F, so you can imagine how cold winter probably gets!
For more information about winter on Mars, read through this article with your kids.
EXPLORE CHRISTMAS ASTRONOMY WITH MOON PHASES
If you want to extend the activity, you gan go ahead and explore the phases of the moon this December with our printable pack. You can also have the kids learn how to say moon in other languages too (perfect to pair with Christmas Around The World).