Snapshots of the Universe
"Laura just went nuts and made some incredible artwork.
It was successful and a lot of fun and we didn't want it to just sit
and collect dust."
-- DSBK Founder Kelsey Johnson on the work of artist Laura Jackson, illustrator of Snapshots of the Universe
And that was the beginning of "Snapshots of the Universe," a bilingual (English and Spanish) art book on astronomy. The book was drawn, written, and put together by the Dark Skies, Bright Kids volunteers.
The draft edition of the book was completed in January 2010 and 'preview' copies were distributed to astronomers and educators at the Winter 2010 American Astronomical Society meeting (see image below).
Once complete, a digital version of the book will be made available on this site.
The DSBK Family would like to thank everyone who helped us pursue funding to publish our book! Ultimately we were not successful, but we are exploring other avenues to get our book into the hands of elementary school students.
- Snapshots of the Universe has been translated into French!
- We'll be at the Summer 2012 American Astronomical Society meeting in Anchorage, AK with a poster on Snapshots of the Universe! (And maybe a mascot or two.)
How You Can Help:
- You can donate to Dark Skies, Bright Kids by following the instructions on our donations page.
Ms. Joleen, Ms. Gail, Mr. Ryan and Ms. Genevieve (L to R) handed out draft copies of Snapshots of the Universe at the Winter 2010 American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington D.C.
"Snapshots of the Universe" in the News:
Astronomy Book for Every 3rd Grade Class in VA
NBC29 Video Story (September 09, 2010)
U.Va. Astronomer, Students Create Book on Universe for Schoolkids
UVa Today (September 02, 2010)
A Click a Day Helps Astronomers Help Kids
Bad Astronomy Blog (September 01, 2010)