New NSTA Kids Book Introduces Young Astronomers to the Extraordinary Science Behind Eclipses

the Sun Goes Dark
, a new book from NSTA
, a division of NSTA
, will help teachers prepare their students for August 21,
2017. That’s the day when millions of North Americans will have the rare
chance to witness a total solar eclipse. The book combines a lively
narrative and beautiful illustrations with hands-on techniques for
learning about the marvels of the universe while staying close to home.

When the Sun Goes Dark tells how two curious children and their
grandparents re-create eclipses in their living room using a lamp, a
tennis ball, two Hula-Hoops, and Ping-Pong balls. Later, in the backyard
and around the house, they learn about safe ways to view a solar
eclipse. They also ponder phenomena from sunspots to phases of the Moon.

Authors Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi wrote the award-winning NSTA
Press book Solar
Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More
, and they
are experts in both astronomy and science education. Fraknoi is an
astronomy professor at Foothill College near San Francisco, and Schatz
is a senior adviser at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

Browse sample
of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.

For additional information or to purchase When the Sun Goes Dark
and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order
by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The
36-page book is priced at $14.95 and discount-priced for NSTA
members at $11.96. (Stock # PB417X, ISBN #978-1-68140-011-2)

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National
Science Teachers Association
is the largest professional
organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and
learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes
approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others
involved in science education.

produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year.
Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of
science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific
content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook
for the latest information and new book releases.


Kate Falk, 703-312-9211