[Surfnetkids: 02 May 2012] Night Sky

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#1. May 02, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

On a completely random note, today I want to share with you the correct way to use a paper towel to dry your hands. You probably have been doing it all wrong your entire life! This video is from TEDx Concordia U Portland, and features paper towel advocate Joe Smith.


See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Night Sky

by Barbara J. Feldman

Night Sky Printable (** for premium members only)

Although kids may enjoy an inexpensive telescope, experts say there is plenty to see with just your eyes or a pair of binoculars. Start in your own backyard or neighborhood, using the following sites as an introduction to the nightly show.

AstroViewer: Interactive Night Sky Map
This interactive night sky map is so easy to use, it barely needs any explanation. To begin, click the start button and enter your location. By default, the constellation outlines and names will display for today’s date. Some details display by hovering your mouse over the labels, others require a mouse click. Additional options, such as displaying Latin constellation names, or dwarf planets, are available on the More button.

EarthSky: Tonight
A mockup of tonight’s sky is front and center on EarthSky’s Tonight page. In the right-hand column, you’ll find a calendar listing of night sky events that will be on display in the coming week. Scroll down the page for a simple explanation of nightly events such as the phases of Venus or the 2012 transit of Venus. “Eye protection is absolutely essential for watching a transit of Venus. Contact an observatory or astronomy club near you to see if a public showing may be available.”

Heavens Above
Have you ever seen the International Space Station cross the night sky? Track its (or any other satellite’s) course using this interactive tool. Start by selecting your location on the Google map, and clicking the Submit button. Other tools include the tracking of visible comets, iridium flares, and a whole sky chart (customized to your location, of course.) “An Iridium flare is caused by the sun being reflected from one of the three main mission antennae (MMA) of an Iridium satellite. The MMAs are flat, highly polished aluminium surfaces, and when the angles are just right, they can reflect the sun just like a mirror.”

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Night Sky Printable

Constellations Wikipedia Printable
Constellations Printable

Stargazing Printable

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#4. Related Games

Space Games

Outer Space Coloring Pages

#5. Surfing the Calendar

First Freedom Ride
May 4, 1961

Elizabeth Jane Cochran’s, Known as Nellie Bly, Birthday
May 5, 1864

Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2012

Cartoonist Day
May 5, 2012

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 5-6, 2012

Space Day
May 6, 2012

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony Premiere
May 7, 1824

Children’s Book Week
May 7-13, 2012

International Migratory Bird Day
May 8, 2012

#6. Quote of the Week

“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.” ~~ Confucius ~~ (551 BCE – 479 BCE) Chinese philosopher. Click here for more learning quotes.

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