Astronomy

We have completed the "unit" on weather but we will continue to learn about weather as we keep the weather journal through the quarter.  This second unit continues to focus on the earth as we study the changes in seasons, the phases of the moon, the constellations of the stars and how these are all connected.  Even though we feel like we are standing still we are actually moving very fast, and though the moon doesn't look like it is moving we can tell by the moon journals that the moon not only moves but looks different each day.  Understanding this motion and being able to consider something other than ourselves as the center of the universe greatly simplifies the mathematical description of our motion.  Once we have a better understanding of how the earth is moving we will consider the motion of other planets and moons.  This is chapters 1 and 2 in the textbook "Astronomy Today".

Students should to do research on their planet or other celestial objects.  Each student will make a presentation to the class on his/her own planet or other object in late February.

Astronomy Links - Please let me know if you find any dead links so I can correct them.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Skymaps.com - Publication Quality Sky Maps & Star Charts
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: The Home Page
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Inconstant Moon: multimedia tours of the lunar surface
The Moon
SatPasses - Satellite Passes Over North American Cities
Stars and Constellations
The Mythology of the Constellations
USA Lights in Nightime
Human Space Flight - Station
J-Pass
AstroWeb: Astronomy resources on the Internet
Astronomy.com: Explore the Universe!
Curtis Wright's Astronomy Page
Minnesota Astronomical Society
space.com

Earth Sites

Espenak's Eclipse Home Page
MrEclipse.com
Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day
World Globe, Earth's Seasons
Surface distance between points of Latitude and Longitude
Surface distance between points of Latitude and Longitude

Class Sites

AN ASTRONOMY COURSE FOR MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
HomeworkCentral.com - Astronomy
University Role-Playing Exercises for Teaching Astronomy and Physics
AN ASTRONOMY COURSE FOR MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
George Mason University Astronomy Class
Astronomy Department Homepage
Practice Tests
Ast1011 Notes
Swinburne Astronomy Online Home Page
Class pages and educational resources -- UW Astro.
Labs
101 Clearinghouse

Suppliers

Meade Instruments Corporation - Starfinder Dobsonian Reflecting Telescopes
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Planet Sites

The Nine Planets
Galileo Project Home
Welcome to the Planets
The Nine Planets
1999 Transit of Mercury
Liftoff to Space Exploration
Automation, Robotics, and Simulation Division Home Page

Star Sites

The Dome of the Sky
BOYDOBSERVATORIES
The Cosmic Distance Ladder
StarDate Online | Stargazing
Welcome to EarthSpace.Net, your gateway to the cosmos!
An Inquirer's Guide To The Universe
ASTRONOMY Magazine
StarDate Online | January 12, 2000

Astronomy Interactive Network Home
SSI Education and Public Outreach (SEPO) Website
USNO Astronomical Applications Department
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: The Home Page
Minneapolis Planetarium
Nighttime Lights of the World
Hubble Space Telescope
Dan's Astronomy Software Collection
National Optical Astronomy Observatories
Sky and Telescope - Sights
Sky and Telescope Magazine
the Analemma
IS THERE A SANTA CLAUS?
Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day
2. The Christian calendar
Frequently Asked Questions about CalendarsVersion 2.1
Winter Solstice, Von Del Chamberlain
Holiday Fun Facts
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Electromagnetic Spectrum
Astronomy Picture of the Day
From Stargazers to Starships