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 create 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 6

Why did God create the heavenly bodies?


The Astronomy Book


pp. 22-27


Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 2:3

Vocabulary Words

  • Lunar calendar
  • Solar calendar


  1. Use the glossary (pp. 77-78) to define the vocabulary words.
  2. Review the order of the creation days.
  3. According to the Bible, why did God create the sun? the moon? the stars?
  4. What is the difference between a ‘lunar month’, and the month of September? Of October? Of February?
  5. Which two nations still use the lunar calendar?
  6. What is the the difference between the lunar calendar and the solar calendar?
  7. How many constellations are there?
  8. What is the difference between an asterism and a constellation?
  9. How are stars named?


Some arithmetic problems can be used to enforce the concept of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the difference in the time at GMT and where you live, or other time zones around the world. For instance, if it is noon at GMT, what time is it in New York City? Or what time is it in London, England? Or what time is it in Sydney, Australia? A good world map will have the various time zones mapped out.