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Astronomy and the Heavens

A collection of resources dealing with astronomy and constellations. Included are such items that explain about the heavens and other topics like star charts, etc.

A 158 page book with full lesson plans and activities for teachers grades 4-12. Topics cover everything to with the moon including history, geography, learning from Apollo, and future use of the moon.

A very extensive program.

With charts designed for observers in midsouthern latitudes such as Australia, southern Africa, and parts of South America.

To help spread the word that backyard astronomy is easy and fun, our free Getting Started in Astronomy pamphlet is available as a downloadable 10-page, black-and-white Adobe PDF file suitable for printing and photocopying. The pamphlet contains the following:

  • "Your First Steps in Astronomy," offering simple tips for starting out right and avoiding frustration.
  • "Finding Your Way Among the Stars," with helpful instructions for using naked-eye star maps.
  • Six bimonthly charts of the stars and constellations visible in the evening sky throughout the year. (These maps do not show the positions of the Moon and planets, which are always changing. As noted in the instructions, if you see a bright "star" near the line labeled "ECLIPTIC" that's not on the map, you've located a planet. To figure out which one it is, consult the latest issue of Sky & Telescope or Night Sky magazine - or use our Interactive Sky Chart).
  • "Exploring the Moon," with a lunar map suitable for use with binoculars or the unaided eye.

Getting Started in Astronomy is © 2003 by Sky Publishing and may not be reproduced in any form, either printed or electronic, except as follows: You are granted the nonexclusive right to print, photocopy, and freely distribute any or all pages of the flyer for personal or noncommercial use as long as you preserve the Sky & Telescope logo and copyright notice on every page. Appropriate uses include distributing copies of the flyer at your club's Astronomy Day exhibit, or handing out the current evening-sky chart at a star party.

With charts suitable for skywatchers in midnorthern latitudes such as the United States, southern Canada, and Europe.

To help spread the word that backyard astronomy is easy and fun, the free Getting Started in Astronomy pamphlet is available as a downloadable 10-page, black-and-white Adobe PDF file suitable for printing and photocopying. The pamphlet contains the following:

  • "Your First Steps in Astronomy," offering simple tips for starting out right and avoiding frustration.
  • "Finding Your Way Among the Stars," with helpful instructions for using naked-eye star maps.
  • Six bimonthly charts of the stars and constellations visible in the evening sky throughout the year. (These maps do not show the positions of the Moon and planets, which are always changing. As noted in the instructions, if you see a bright "star" near the line labeled "ECLIPTIC" that's not on the map, you've located a planet. To figure out which one it is, consult the latest issue of Sky & Telescope or Night Sky magazine — or use our Interactive Sky Chart).
  • "Exploring the Moon," with a lunar map suitable for use with binoculars or the unaided eye.


Getting Started in Astronomy
is © 2003 by Sky Publishing and may not be reproduced in any form, either printed or electronic, except as follows: You are granted the nonexclusive right to print, photocopy, and freely distribute any or all pages of the flyer for personal or noncommercial use as long as you preserve the Sky & Telescope logo and copyright notice on every page. Appropriate uses include distributing copies of the flyer at your club's Astronomy Day exhibit, or handing out the current evening-sky chart at a star party.

An activity to help learn the location of constellations in the northern hemisphere. This activity is provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This is the instruction sheet to the star charts located in the Northern Hemisphere Star Charts Category.

You can find the original website for this activity here.

A really good collection of articles about astronomy and constilations.

A simple visual chart with the names of visible craters and mountains listed.

So just what are these constellations you keep hearing about? You may go outside some night
and see all kinds of stars, and maybe you have even spotted the Big Dipper (northern
hemisphere) or the Southern Cross (southern hemisphere), but what about Leo the Lion or Pisces
the Fish? What are they?

A free, downloadable ebook. Brought to you by Universe Today.

If you like the weekly "What's Up this Week" column in Universe Today, you'll love this. The entire viewing schedule for 2007 is available as a free, 410+ downloadable ebook. You can download the whole book, turn to the page for tonight’s suggestions - print off the page and head outside.

The book is available as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) book. It's also 24 MB so it will take some time to download depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

 

PaddlingInstructor.com highly recommends this resource.

 

 
 
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