Entries for Younger Readers from Vatican Observatory Faith and Science

Click here for entries from the Faith and Science pages that are particularly oriented toward younger readers.

Faith and Science in Astronomy Textbooks

Click here for a listing of various astronomy textbooks from a “Faith and Science” perspective. The listing attempts to provide a limited overview of the textbooks to help the reader judge not only whether a given book effectively conveys astronomical concepts, but also whether it portrays science and faith as being in conflict or makes the reader feel that science requires the rejection of religious faith.


Voyager probe near Saturn, with shadow of Saturn on the rings.

NASA Eyes on the Solar System:
Free app for Windows and MAC OS X – travel along with current space missions, go to planets, moon, and asteroids, see Earth climate data, and exoplanet systems.

Space Engine:
A free virtual Universe you can explore on your computer. You can travel from star to star, from galaxy to galaxy, landing on any planet, moon, or asteroid with the ability to explore its alien landscape. You can alter the speed of time and observe any celestial phenomena you please.

Universe Sandbox
A physics-based space simulator that merges gravity, climate, collision, and material interactions to reveal the beauty of our universe and the fragility of our planet.

Create, destroy, and interact on a scale you’ve never before imagined.

Stellarium is a free planetarium app; you can see the skies from any location on Earth, at any date and time you wish. You can turn on constellation lines and artwork, control your telescope, and much more!

Celestia is a free space simulator in which you can explore space in three dimensions.  Travel around the solar system, to other stars, and even outside our galaxy.

For more simulation apps, see these posts on Sacred Space Astronomy—The Catholic Astronomer:
Space Visualization Software
Kerbal Space Program


Reason-Faith-Science by Bishop Robert Barron (videos, posters, and other material, especially for teachers).

Astronomy for Everyone – a video series made by the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club.