Category Archives: Online Resources

Teaching Children How to Use Binoculars

In getting children started with astronomy, I recommend beginning with what you can see with just your unaided eyes, sometimes called naked eye observing. You can learn the constellations, learn to pick out the planets, and follow the moon through … Continue reading

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If you already have binoculars…

Do you have a pair of binoculars lying around your house somewhere? Turn them to the sky and have a look.  If you’re a beginning stargazer, a telescope is not a requirement in getting started. I recommend learning your way … Continue reading

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Astronomy links for Expanding Your Horizons 2013

The following is a list of astronomy links I organized for the girls attending my planetarium workshops as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead on April 6, 2013. These links include guides to the night sky, … Continue reading

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Sun Studies: Solar Week, Sun-Earth Days

When is a good time to study the Sun? How about March 18-22 during Solar Week? Teachers can find good resources for solar studies throughout the year at the Solar Week site and the Sun-Earth Day site, but during Solar … Continue reading

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Stargazing events to look forward to in 2013

Space.com released an article naming 13 Must-See Stargazing Events in 2013. Some events, like solar eclipses, won’t be visible to everyone in the world, but maybe you are fortunate enough to live in one of the lucky locations or can … Continue reading

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Indoor snow play, or playing with “comets”

We just played with snow in my house. We woke up this morning to find our ground covered with a slushy first snow of the season. Although I resented the snow coming before Halloween, I brought some in the house … Continue reading

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Orion Is Leaving Us!

If you’ve been watching Orion in the evening sky, you may have noticed that Orion is appearing lower and lower in the west each night as he prepares to leave us for the summer. I like Orion, so this is … Continue reading

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Astronomy Links for Expanding Your Horizons

The following is a list of links I organized to hand out to the girls attending my planetarium workshops as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference at North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead on April 14, 2012. … Continue reading

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Raising Children to be Unafraid of the Dark

How do you raise a child to be unafraid of the dark? Begin early, and teach your child to “love the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” How do you teach your child to love the stars … Continue reading

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Fantastic Science Art

Earlier I posted about Science Fantasy Art. Today it’s about fantastic science art, like the “Blue Marble” images of the Earth, and the Hubble images of space. Recently NASA released a new “Blue Marble 2012” image of the Earth. The … Continue reading

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