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December 3, 2003

Dear Reader,

I penned this intro on Thanksgiving Day, as I will be attending a conference while you are reading this. The turkey is in the oven, and everything else is nearly done, so here I sit at my computer.

As soon as I sent last week’s newsletter I realized that I did not wish my American readers a “Happy Thanksgiving.” Then I began to think about how the practice of wishing holiday happiness has left the personal, and spilt over into the commercial. Many businesses send holiday greetings. And I often enjoy receiving them. But if a company (me, in this case) fails to express a holiday greeting, is it a faux paux that requires an apology?

In any case, I hope yours was a warm and loving holiday.

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Stellar Crossword
Planet Word Search
Saturn Scrambler

(Teach your kids how to make games just
like these with my step-by-step manual. )

Interested in astronomy? Backyard stargazing is a simple first step. Experts advise us to learn the sky with the naked eye before investing in a pair of binoculars (and don’t even think about a telescope yet!) More great advice can be found online in these marvelous sites.

Astronomy for Kids



Every click is a winner at Rick Morris’ Astronomy for Kids, where “grownups are welcome, too, as long as they promise to behave.” I recommend starting with Beginner’s Corner, for tips on learning the rhythm of the sky, and Sky Maps, for timely advice on what to look for in the sky this month. But don’t miss the seven planet word searches in Puzzles, and for oodles of good stuff for school reports, visit Planets.

Earth and Sky: Skywatching



Ever wish you had an experienced astronomer standing by your side to guide you to the nightly show? Now you do. Meet Deborah Byrd, Skywatching columnist. “Each day’s segment is designed to guide your eye to something you can see that night, or the next morning before dawn. It might be a constellation, a star, or a planet. Or it might be a celestial event, such as an eclipse.” In addition to this feature, teachers and lower-elementary kids have their own sections, accessible from the lunar menu at the top of each page.

Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer



“Confused about the cosmos? Can’t tell a planet from a star? Then give us just five minutes and we’ll show you what they are.” Star Gazer is a syndicated PBS radio show, and this site contains twelve months of video archives in RealPlayer format. Because of the illustrations, viewing the archives is even better than listening to Jack Horkheimer on radio. Click through the December episodes to learn about the best times to see Mercury, Saturn and Venus this holiday season.

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