of Contents

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
What is astronomy?
Lesson 3
How big is the universe?
Lesson 4
The origin of the universe
Lesson 5
Watching the sky
Lesson 6
Why did God created the heavenly bodies?
Lesson 7
Space exploration
Lesson 8
A Tour of the Solar System
Lesson 9
A Tour of the Solar System—The Sun and the Moon
Lesson 10
Stars and galaxies
Lesson 11
Cosmic Catastrophes
Lesson 12
Catastrophes in the Solar System
Lesson 13
Are there other planets in the Solar System?
Author: Dr. Jonathan Henry

For thousands of years, people have gazed at the night sky and the bright

morning and wondered, ‘What’s out there?’. Our universe is so vast and

awe-inspiring that to learn about it is to learn about ourselves. The

Astronomy Book will show you: 

What long-ago astronomers thought about other worlds

Solar system facts

How constellations relate to astrology

The history of space exploration

Whether black holes exist

The origin and age of the moon

Why Mars doesn’t support life

The composition of stars

Supernova remnants

The myth of star birth

Asteroid legends and the extinction of the dinosaurs

Whether planets outside our solar system could be home to intelligent life

What UFOs are

The age of comets and meteor showers

Hardcover. (Junior High–Adult) 80 pages.

The Astronomy Book
by Dr Jonathan Henry

Lesson 11

Cosmic Catastrophes


The Astronomy Book


pp. 56-59


Psalm 84:11
Psalm 136:8
Ecclesiastes 1:5

Vocabulary Words

  • Ring nebula
  • Supernova
  • Supernova remnant


  1. What is the underlying reason that we see such destruction in the heavens and on Earth?
  2. What is meant by ‘star death’?
  3. What are solar prominences? How do they differ from solar flares?
  4. What are ‘supernova remnants’? How are these evidence that the universe is not billions of years old?
  5. What two principles does the Crab Nebula illustrate?
  6. For older students: Write an essay which discusses the problems with the idea of ‘stellar evolution.’ Include discussions of supernovae, star death, and star birth in the essay.

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