Costellazione Manga: explaining astronomy using Japanese comics and animation
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018

Comics and animation are intensely engaging and can be successfully used to communicate science to the public. They appear to stimulate many aspects of the learning process and can help with the development of links between ideas. Given these pedagogical premises, we conducted a project called Costellazione Manga, in which we considered astronomical concepts present in several manga and anime (Japanese comics and animations) and highlighted the physics behind them. These references to astronomy allowed us to introduce interesting topics of modern astrophysics and communicate astronomy-related concepts to a large spectrum of people. In this paper, we describe the methodology and techniques that we developed and discuss the results of our project. Depending on the comic or anime considered, we can introducegeneral topics such as the difference between stars, planets and galaxies or ideas such as the possibility of nding life onother planets, the latest discoveries of Earth-like planets orbiting other stars or the detection of complex organic molecules in the interstellar space. When presenting the night sky and the shapes of constellations, we can also describe how the same stars are perceived and grouped by different cultures. The project outcomes indicate that Costellazione Manga is a powerful tool to popularise astronomy and stimulate important aspects of learning development, such as curiosity and critical thinking. We show through our experience that Costellazione Manga has attracted a broader and more diverse public than traditional planetarium activities and astronomy lectures.

informal education

planetarium show

learning development

science communication

Public outreach


Daria Dall` Olio

Planetario di Ravenna

Associazione Ravennate Astrofili Rheyta (ARAR)

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Astronomi och plasmafysik, Galaktisk astrofysik

P. Ranalli

Lunds universitet

Combient AB

Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal

1996-5621 (ISSN) 1996-563X (eISSN)

24 7-16






Geovetenskap och miljövetenskap


Annan naturvetenskap


Grundläggande vetenskaper


Onsala rymdobservatorium

Lärande och undervisning

Pedagogiskt arbete

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