A guide to upcoming events in the sky, for parents and teachers.
If you want your children to witness interesting or beautiful things in the sky, it can be a chore to keep yourself aware of what sights are currently available and which events are coming up. I made my own planet calendars to help me, but there is a little learning curve involved if you want to learn how to read those. There are also a few online resources for sky-watchers that we could consult. I especially like Sky & Telescope's Sky at a Glance feature. It is written by a professional sky-watcher, and is an excellent guide to visually scanning the skies. (Sky & Telescope also has podcasts and articles on a variety of subjects, including how to build your own backyard observatory. It's a great resource for hobbyists and amateur astronomers.) Astronomy Magazine also has an observing page, but it is geared more towards those with fancy telescopes and a need for precise measurements.
If you are an amateur astronomer, I don't think I can do better than Sky and Telescope's “Sky at a Glance.” But if you are a teacher or a parent, perhaps you'll appreciate an occasional “heads-up” in your email inbox, written from an educator's point of view, with explanations presented in a first-look-then-think sort of way. If so, then please consider subscribing to this newsletter. You can browse past issues from the archive in the list below.
Please note that the newsletter is casual and informal, and announcements will vary in frequency and content. The announcements will primarily describe things to study in the sky, but I may also use the venue to announce additions to my website when I make them. (The newsletter content will depend in part on feedback I receive from subscribers, so please feel free to let me know what you think!)
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