My Two Suns

"My Two Suns" a drawing of the Sun by three and half year old Eugenia Castagna - December 30, 2014
“My Two Suns” a drawing of the Sun by three and half year old Eugenia Castagna – December 30, 2014

Object Name: Sun
Object Type: Star
Location: Argentina, Provincia de Buenos Aires. Quilmes
Date: 30/12/2014
Media: pencil, white paper.

Soy padre de gemelos, Eugenia y Luciano, ellos tienen tres a años y medio, este es el primer dibujo de Eugenia, es la primera figura que se distingue como algo. Como padre y amante de la Astronomia, todos los fines de semana, hacemos observaciones Soleres como tambien observamos la Luna. Eugenia, le agrada dibujar y Luciano le encanta observar por el telescopio, realmente lo disfruta.
El equipo que utilizamos, es un refractor Skytravel 80-400 AZ3, para la observacion Solar, utilizo un filtro Solar Baader , BST 12 mm y un filtro # 21: Para la observacion Lunar utilizamos un bst 12mm con filtro #ND96.

I am a father of twins, Eugenia and Luciano, they have three and a half years, this is the first sketch of Eugenia. As a parent and lover of Astronomy, every weekend, we make observations o Sun as also observe the Moon. Eugenia, likes to draw and Luciano loves observing through the telescope, really enjoys it.
The equipment we use is a refractor Skytravel 80-400 AZ3, for solar observation, I use a Baader solar filter, BST 12 mm and a filter # 21: To the observation Lunar bst use a 12mm filter # ND96.

Sebastian Castagna
Estación Vientos del Sur

Sun by Juliette

Sun - November 16, 2012
Sun - November 16, 2012

This is the first sketch of my daughter Juliette, 10 years old.
Félicitations Juju!!
Object Name : The Sun
Object Type : Star (!)
Location : Gatineau, Qc, Canada
Date : November 16 2012
Media : graphite pencil on white paper

Baader AstroSolar filter on a Sky-Watcher 80 ED with a 8mm Orion Stratus eyepiece.

Étienne Morin
139 Church,
Gatineau, Qc

Black Sun

Black Sun
Black Sun

Hi all! I present to You a sketch made by a 9yo child, Her name is Wiktoria Janowska. I met Her at the Zelow Observatory a couple days ago. She’s very, very clever n lovely little woman. Well, sometimes her fantasy dominated over realism. She saw a lot of details, maybe a little too much 😀
I hope You like it 🙂

Wiktoria Janowska, 9yo
14.11.2012, 14:30-14:41UT
Zelow, Central Poland
White watercolor crayon on black paper
Coronado PST DS (with Lunt etalon filter)+ Baader Zoom MARK III

Best Wishes!
Wiktoria Janowska & Damian Kępiński (ASTROOKIE)

Bringing the Sun to Earth

Kinaesthetic Sun
Kinaesthetic Sun
Yes we did it!
Yes we did it!

St Cronans Stargazers St Cronans National School
Bray Co Wicklow
13:00 – 14:03 UT
May 4th 2012

May 4th 2012 14:03 UT Crepe Paper, Acrylic Paint, Washable Glue, Structure Gel and energy. Today in Bray Co Wicklow Ireland 16 boys from St Cronans National School brought the sun to Earth. Deirdre did some observations early in the day, but then because of cloud we took the rest of the information from ‘ the sun now’ on SDO. We added in Active Region 1471,with the large sunspot , some small filaments and some prominences. ( a bit of artistic licence there) We looked at the Earth to scale, we learnt about the Photosphere and the Chromosphere . We learnt about the Venus Transit. The event was part of Dublin City of Science 2012. The children did a great job and were very proud of their work. We carried our sun into the school singing ‘here comes the sun’ The Sun will be on exhibit for all the pupils to see and learn. The boys were members of St Cronans Stargazers the kids astronomy group based at the school. Action Sun – Lets bring the Sun to Earth by Deirdre Kelleghan Action Sun – is an indoor or outdoor activity which allows groups of children to participate in building a large solar disc or several solar discs. This Earth built sun mimics the Photosphere and Chromosphere of the sun, includes sunspots, filaments, and prominences present on the sun in real time. The materials are simple, paper, glue and paint. It is kinaesthetic participatory learning for young children. The activity educates and supports science through art and the creative process. We made the Sun on Earth and also learnt about the Venus Transit

Action Sun participantes were St Cronans Stargazers:
Sean S
Sean K

Deirdre Kelleghan
Discover Science and Engineering Science Ambassador 2012
Vice Chair IFAS
National Coordinator for Astronomers Without Borders
UNAWE rep Ireland
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Maia Moon

Gibbous Moon
Gibbous Moon

My 9 year old daughter Maia was out exploring the moon last night through our 8” Dobsonian. She used 14mm & 27mm eyepieces to observe the January 1st, 2012 moon. She recorded details using an Astro Sketch form I had on hand.
The night was clear & seeing was good, and in her words “The craters were huge”

Object – Moon
Date – 1/1/2012
Place – Maui, Hawaii
Telescope – 8” Orion SkyQuest
Media – Graphite pencil & charcoal on white paper

Jupiter and Its Moons

Jupiter and Moons

Dear Asod,

I send you here the sketch made by my daughter, age of 6.

She likes coming out with me and watching the sunspots, the lunar craters and planets, but this was the very first time she sketched like the ‘big ones’. She has stood next to the telescope with a pencil and a notepad and examined the object very knowingly just like an adult does it. Finally she came out with this sketch, which was quite realistic. The moons are in their place and also she could see a few additional stars.

Sketch made by: Liliana Rudolf
Date: 18th December 2011
Location: Hungary, Budapest
Equipment used: 130/650 SW, 26x
Media: graphite pencil on white paper

Clear skies,
Judit Hannak

Jupiter and Moons by Sam Ferrie

Jupiter, Io, Europa , Ganymede, and Callisto
Jupiter, Io, Europa , Ganymede, and Callisto

Jupiter, Io, Europa , Ganymede, and Callisto pencil sketch by Sam Ferrie age 9
St Cronans Stargazers Bray Co Wicklow Ireland / St Cronans National School Bray.

Using a 200 mm dob , with an 8mm Hyperion Modular eyepiece , FL 1,200mm Seeing 2
December 5th 20:06 2011
Temp 1 degree C

Deirdre Kelleghan
Vice Chair IFAS
National Coordinator for Astronomers Without Borders
National Rep The European Association for Astronomy Education
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Childrens Hubble Drawings

St Peters National School Hubble drawings
Children’s Hubble Drawings
Sketches by Students of St Peters National School Walkinstown Dublin
Photo by Bernard Kelleghan • Details by Deirdre Kelleghan

Gallery of the Individual Drawings

The 20th Anniversary of the launch of The Hubble Space Telescope was celebrated in St Peters National School Walkinstown Dublin 12 on April 23rd. ESA sent me an enormous print of the Carina nebula, the celebration image for public outreach. A drawing workshop to inspire and educate was the way to go. That morning the boys of 5th class at St Peters listened very carefully to my simple explanation of this visually powerful image. The boys used soft pastels on black paper and lovely blending and feathering drawing methods to capture the swirling clouds of gas and dust 7,500 light years from this planet. Great energy and use of color produced some beautiful drawings, it was a very special event. One child said ‘Its amazing to draw this huge thing on my small page’


So Father, So Daughters

Luna - Moon
Sketch by Luna De Wit

Nine - Sun
Sketch by Nine De Wit

Inspired by the hobby of their father, Nine (4) and Luna (7) made two astrosketches. The youngest took the artistic freedom to unite the Sun with the nightsky. It doesn’t surprise me that the oldest put the Moon on her drawing, after all she was named after this celestical object. Hope you like it!

Clear skies
Jef De Wit

Object name: (night)sky
Location: Hove, Belgium
Date: somewhere in 2009
Medium: color markers on white paper and cardboard, color stickers

The Lara Star Systems

The Lara Star Systems

The beautiful visions of star systems dancing in Lara Mayhew’s art, number 1
Sketch by Lara Mayhew, Details by Peter Mayhew

It being the festive season I thought I would post some fun art work by my daughter, Lara (aged 4). This was created in a device known as an “Art spinner” which spins a small card around very fast, and you drop poster-paint onto it with a dropper. It creates all sorts of nice astronomical effects. The challenge is trying to match the effects created with astronomical objects that you have yourself observed. I have my own ideas for each of these, but I’d be interested to see other peoples’ suggestions.

The Lara Star Systems

Lara’s star systems, number 2
Sketch by Lara Mayhew, details by Peter Mayhew

The Lara Star Systems

Peter Mayhew, York, UK

ALCON’s Deadly Moons

”Deadly Moons” at 2009 ALCON
Sketches by the children of New York, Video and Details by Deirdre Kelleghan

Over 30 children and 10 adults attended my Astronomy / Art workshop “Deadly Moons” at ALCON 2009.ALCON is The Astronomical Leagues annual convention.

Deadly Moons teaches a little bit about our moon , and the other exotic moons in our solar system. We learn about moon phases, busy moons , quite moons , Galilean moons, moon exploration and moon terminology . We have fun with moons and create our choices on black paper with soft pastels in vivid colors.

The workshop was organised by the Amateur Observers Society of New York at Hofstra University Long Island NY. Some children came from the Science Camp at the university and some came from Linda Prince’s Young Astronomers Group.

On September 18th 2009 the moons created by these New York children will be on display
at Birr Castle Science Center .

That evening up to 200 moons created by Irish , Russian , and American
children will join a top class display of astronomical sketching in the Exhibition Gallery at Birr Castle.

The children’s work will merge with sketches from Sir Patrick Moore CBE , and other amateur
celestial sketches from the USA, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Iran, and Australia .
Dr Carolina Odman International Program Manager for Universe Awareness for Young Children will
open the exhibition and give a talk about UNAWE’s work in the world.

Deirdre Kelleghan

International Year of Astronomy Mural

International Year of Astronomy Mural on U Tube and UNAWE

This mural kicked off on April 23rd and finished on Tuesday June 23rd.
I was invited to give a presentation to the children from 5th class,
followed up with some lunar and solar observing then an interview.

Sarah – Jayne Reid a friend and Arts Facilitator kindly got me involved
and it took off from there. Sarah – Jayne helped the children to express
their ideas on the wall. I did a presentation and some lunar and solar
observing with them.

Hopefully it speaks for itself
There is a short description on the U Tube site

Full version on here
the full version has an interview with Sarah – Jayne Reid at the end.

Deirdre Kelleghan

Outreach Coordinator IFAS

Deadly Moons

Deadly Moon 1

Deadly Moon 2

Deadly Moon 3

Three of the many “Deadly Moons”
Sketches by Irish childern, text by Deirdre Kelleghan


Here is a link showing a fraction of the moon drawings produced by Irish Children who took part in my Deadly Moons Art / astronomy drawing progam. When I show children the moon in my telescope they often say ” That’s Deadly ” meaning ” That’s cool” or That’s awesome, so when I wrote the program the title wrote itself almost.

The aim of the progam is to inform young children about the many wondeful moons in our solar system including our own facinatng moon. The chidren who produced the works were aged between six and twelve.

In most cases black paper and soft pastels were used. Some groups used crayons or felt pen on white paper. The majority of children were unaware that there are other moons besides our own. The majority of children did not know that there are robots in space.

All of the children enjoyed the program,the use of pastels and the total visual eperience. Every child learned something about moons and all had lots of fun using their imagination and creativity.

Deadly Moons is now available as a download from UNAWE ie Universe Awarness for Young Children. UNAWE is a cornerstone project for International Year of Astronomy 2009

Deirdre Kelleghan
Irish Astronomical Society 1937 – 2007
Public Relations Officer IFAS
Oscail do Shuile D’iontas na Cruinne
Open Your Eyes to the Wonder of the Universe

Star Child


Watercolor by Ashley, age 10 and Details by Deirdre Kelleghan

This beautiful watercolor painting of a nebula has won a prize in the ESO’s Catch a Star 2008. The artist, a young lady, is a pupil in Saint Andrews Junior College in Blackrock, Co Dublin Ireland.
I was delighted with every Irish entry this year,each child will get a certificate of merit.
I am particularly proud of Ashley’s work. Well done Ashley !!!!!

Saint Andrews is a school member of the Irish Astronomical Society


Deirdre Kelleghan
Irish Astronomical Society 1937 – 2007
Public Relations Officer IFAS
Oscail do Shuile D’iontas na Cruinne
Open Your Eyes to the Wonder of the Universe

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50 Years of Space Exploration in Art

Space in Art 

This image shows just a fraction of the art I received for my Space in
Art Celebration. Young Irish school children celebrated 50 years of space
exploration through art.

Space in Art, an exhibition of the work of over 150 children took
place in Gonzaga College Dublin on October 4th.
This was a combined effort from St Andrews NS Blackrock, St Peters NS
Walkinstown, Griffith Barracks NS Dublin with summer project work from
Donore Avenue and Bridgefoot Street children, Dublin city centre.
Wonderful expressive celebratory art in paint, pencil,
glitter,collage,3D, oatmeal, you name it, it was there in truck
loads.Moons (even Iapetus), Planets, Stars,Shuttles, Rockets,and of
course Aliens all in abundance, all bursting with colour and energy.
This exhibition will travel to Birr to take part in the 2007 Whirlpool
Star Party which is a convergence of all things astronomical in
Ireland and abroad. Space in Art was a symbiotic explosion of children’s
work along with a talk on the future of space exploration by Dr John Mason.
Many thanks to all the teachers, pupils, and other individuals who took part.
This event came from a  partnership between The Irish Astronomical
Society and South Dublin Astronomical Society.
Deirdre Kelleghan

Deirdre Kelleghan
Irish Astronomical Society 1937 – 2007