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Free Starry Night Elementary Online Astronomy Curriculum

Starry Night Elementary is free for K-4 children, parents and teachers at home during this challenging time!

Easy To Use

With 20 years of development, Starry Night is optimized for a user-friendly experience.

Scientifically Accurate

Starry Night gives you powerful, accurate, customizable tools to inspire and engage your students.

Interactive Sky Simulator

Hands-on activities that encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration.

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Parent/Teacher Resources

Flexible teaching models, pre- and post-assessment resources, and professional development.

Built in Student Lessons

Computer exercises, with interactive simulations.

K-4 NGSS Correlation

Built-in Lesson plans correlated to state and national (Next Generation Science Standards) that meet your curriculum needs.


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Lesson Plans

Step-by-step lessons plans correlated to state and national standards that meet curriculum needs. Correlations for all 50 U.S. states and all Canadian provinces.

Scientifically Accurate

Accurate visualizations and simulations that allow students to make precise observations of Moon phases, motions of the Sun and planets and much more.

Hands On Exercises

Interactive computer exercises and hands-on activities encourage questioning, experimentation and exploration and accommodate diverse learning styles.

Assessment Resources

Pre- and post-assessment resources are included along with each astronomy lesson, and provide recommendations for improving student performance.

Key Skills Development

Starry Night Elementary School provides opportunities to develop key student skills: observation, data collection, analytical thinking and discovery.

Lesson Extensions

Learning extensions are also provided to connect the astronomy lessons to additional topics in math, physics, language, social studies and technology.

What You Get

Keep your children engaged and excited learning about the wonderful world of astronomy - online at home!

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FREE for parents and children at home during this challenging time

Easy to access, use and manage.

Works on virtually any modern hardware you have.

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Built upon the award-winning Starry Night Enthusiast astronomy simulation software, customized for Elementary & Home School student use.

Starry Night Education is:

  • A BESSIE Awards winner for Best Educational Software: Science
  • NSTA Recommended
  • A CODiE Finalist for Best Instructional Solution: Science

7 Lesson plans with extensive parent/teacher resources, hands-on activities, computer exercises, worksheets and assessments. PDF format.

Starry Night Elementary School Binder

For teachers new to astronomy or using Starry Night for the first time our QuickStart Guide will get you up and running very fast!

Pre-assessment Idea Diagrams and Concept Maps identify pre-conceptions.

Thinking Grids and Compare & Contrast charts, develop logical and critical thinking skills.

Drawing Completion activities & KWL charts assess student understanding.

Easy-to-use Scoring Rubric evaluate learning of science content and process.

4 lesson plans, focused on the reclassification of Pluto, unmanned space exploration, astronomy and black holes.


Topics Covered

The Perfect Building Blocks for Budding Astronomers

Day and Night

Size and Scale

Diurnal Motion

Motion in The Sky

The Moon

Earth's Orbit

The Solar System

The Seasons

The Constellations


To Infinity and Beyond!

Starry Night Elementary School Exercise Enhancements Feature

Exercise Enhancements

Exercises are enhanced with Guiding Questions, Key Concepts, & Did You Know's, to help illustrate phenomena.

Starry Night Elementary School Universal Search Feature

Universal Search

New dynamic user-optimized interface, with "Universal Search" for objects, Starry Night files, SkyGuide references, options, events, and more.

Starry Night Elementary High Performance Graphics Feature

High Performance Graphics

The incredibly rich and detailed Starry Night software OpenGL graphics that have set the industry standard for excellence in astronomy software.

Starry Night Elementary School Extragalactic 3D Database Feature

Extragalactic 3D Database

New & Exclusive - The Starry Night Extragalactic 3D Database includes over 200,000 galaxies encompassing over 1 billion lights years of space.

Starry Night Elementary School Space Missions Feature

Space Missions

New and updating space missions with 30 detailed and accurate 3D models of spacecraft & trajectories for a real flight time experiences.

Starry Night Elementary School 3D Suns Feature

3D Suns

Every star is now accurately rendered as a 3D body with classification-appropriate color, texture and relative radii.

Starry Night Elementary School Updated Messier Catalog Feature

Updated Messier Catalog

An updated Messier catalog with new breathtaking high resolution images of your favorite star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Starry Night Elementary School 3D Exoplanets Feature

3D Exoplanets

Exoplanets as 3D bodies with proper location, size, orbit and planetary texture. Land on the surface, see a sunset from the surface of Kepler-62e!

Starry Night Elementary School Improved Scientific Precision Feature

Scientific Precision

The most precise planetary positions available (using JPL ephemerides) plus an expanded asteroid catalog with highlighted families and groups.

Starry Night Elementary School H-R Diagrams Feature

H-R Diagrams

Hertzsprung-Russell diagrams tell about star age and mass, plotting star luminosity on a vertical axis vs. star temperature on a horizontal axis.

Starry Night Elementary School Intuitive Design

Intuitive Design

Enjoy the elegant and intuitive design of Starry Night Elementary School, based on the award-winning Starry Night Enthusiast platform!

Starry Night Elementary School Update Surface Maps Feature

Updated Surface Maps

We've got new maps of many planets and moons including Vesta, Ceres, and, of course, our favorite dwarf planet Pluto!

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System Requirements

Starry Night online Astronomy and Earth Science Curriculum runs on Chrome, Safari and Firefox web-browsers, on any modern operating-system, on any modern-device!