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Date: 22 April, 2010
Suzanne Elvidge gazes up at the stars, or rather, at her monitor, while playing a bundle of online star games
That’s it – I’ve lost my chance to be an astronaut – President Obama has cut NASA’s funding to send people to the moon.
To play a game, simply click on its name. If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. When downloading games from the Internet, don't forget to keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date.
Test your star knowledge with an astronomy crossword. There are more games on the Kid’s Astronomy site. Planets Collision
Use the arrow keys to move your planet and crash into stars, asteroids and smaller planets to make your planet bigger. Avoid the gravitational pull of larger planets and rocks. Harder than it looks! Mathy Way Catch the Star
Place the objects and then roll the ball to knock off the stars. I know that doesn’t help much – try playing the tutorials! You’ll need a bit of strategy here – frustrating but a little addictive.
You can restart each level, and if you are completely stuck, there is a video solution. Star Market
People are buying up stars at higher rates than usual. Solve the mystery by classifying the types of stars that different companies are buying, and look for trends and patterns to work out why this is happening. Star Lines
Destroy stars by connecting three of the same colour. Drag stars horizontally or vertically using the mouse.
Easy and completely education-free! You seem to need to refresh the page (usually f5) to restart the game if you time-out. Star Light Star Bright
Work through the questions to learn about light, colour, temperature and the stars. Phrase Phase
Put pairs of words together to make phrases to do with stars and space.
And a couple about the sun, which is, of course, a star. Planets
Align all moons and rings with the sun. There is a reset button on the bottom right hand side.
Randomly clicking on things seems to make random things happen – beyond that, you are on your own… and if you give up, find out how much you would weigh on the sun and other stars.
Fly the rocket to the earth, sun and moon, and then report back to Reevo the alien. Use your arrow keys to move around the asteroids and fire with the space bar to destroy them.
Click on the earth, sun and moon to find out more. On the way back, move your mouse over the asteroids and click to fire, and then tell Reevo about your mission by answering the questions.
You can print off a certificate at the end.