I hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day weekend. The hubby and I had a one-night getaway to the Valle de Guadalupe with our daughter that was super fun. I shared a picture on Facebook, if you want to see what I look like on a windy day!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Stargazing Printable(** for Premium Members only)
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 rush to buy a telescope. More great advice can be found online in these marvelous sites.
Astronomy.com: Learn the Constellations
“If you’re a newcomer to amateur astronomy, eager to begin exploring the night sky, you’ll have to overcome one of astronomy’s biggest hurdles — learning to identify the constellations.” This Astronomy.com article is part of their Astronomy for Kids section. It takes you across the sky, starting with the northern sky and the Big Dipper. Did you know that the Big Dipper is not actually a constellation? It is an asterism, and is part of the Ursa Major (Great Bear) constellation.
Astronomy for Kids: Beginners
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: Tonight
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.
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Quote of the Week
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” ~~ William Shakespeare ~~ (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) British playwright, poet. Click this link to gaze at more quotes about stars.
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