The capability to support spatial perception plays an important role in developing material for astronomy education. Considering this, we developed a novel tangible user interface consisting of a glove and a physical avatar attached on its surface. Virtual reality graphics of the solar system can be controlled manually with the glove and avatar. Preliminary experiments have indicated the advantages of the proposed tangible user interface for astronomy education. Keywords Astronomy education, science education, educational technology, virtual reality, tangible interface ACM Classification Keywords H5.2 [Information interfaces and presentation]: User Interfaces, K3.1 [Computer and Education]: Computer Uses in Education.