Natural Resources: Stargazingby: Valynda Mayes

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In 2009, we had the year of astronomy. Even President Obama hosted an astronomy night on the White House lawn. Your explorations of nature need not be limited to daylight hours—though it is important to point our when celestial objects like the Moon are visible during the day to counter misconceptions. This year, introduce your students to the night sky with an astronomy club, or even just a one-time event. There is just something special about the night sky, so spread some blankets on a grassy field, borrow a telescope from a university, and see what’s up there.

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  • on Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:51 PM

Mayes introduces us to a variety of web resources, many from NASA, that may be used within the classroom. Each of the resources focus on astronomy concepts. The websites that are still active are:;;; planner.cfm;;;;;;; MicroObservatory;; Home.aspx. Throughout each of the websites, tools of astronomy can be found through searches of the site itself.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

  • on Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:51 PM

This short article is packed with ideas to incorporate into an astronomy unit for any grade or if you are thinking of starting an astronomy club or just a one time event. In just a few minutes I was able to find out where to get monthly guides to the night sky, how to find a solar system ambassador to work with, get ideas for celebrating the spring equinox, and control a telescope in another part of the country! There are standards connections as well as the links to all ideas and resources mentioned.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

  • on Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:06 AM

This article is full of web links to show you different things on astronomy. They can tell you when to look for meteorites. I recommend this article because it is a good article filled with a lot of information on the stars. They have a link listed to the Astronomical league that sponsor’s an astronomy day. NASA also has a link on here that takes you to a site that has ideas for themes such as; sun earth day. I feel this is valuable to read so you can have resources that give you ideas for your classroom and helps you enhance your lessons and broaden your student’s minds. This article pointed out that even President Obama hosted a star gazing night at the white house. It has a City Science section that informs you on dark sky awareness. Even if you can only see a little bit with the naked eye in your city setting, software and websites are available to help you explore the sky often in real time.

Traci Morrison  (Nocona, TX)
Traci Morrison (Nocona, TX)

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