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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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