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ASTRONOMY FOR ALL AGES
Discovering the Universe through Activities for
Children and Adults
Are you a parent, teacher, or maybe a scout leader who
is looking for new and different ways to pass on an interest in the night
sky to a child? Inside ASTRONOMY FOR ALL AGES are more than
50 "get-acquainted" activities that are designed for adults and children
who want to learn about the night sky together.
The activities range in difficulty from simple enough
for elementary students to complex enough to challenge the inquisitive
high-school mind. Some require special tools and equipment, while others
need only this book, a clear sky, and a sense of curiosity. All are designed
to be performed by adults and children together. You will find that by
doing so, the curious nature of the children's minds will spark the imagination
of everyone involved. The universe is, after all, a place of wonder.
Each activity is rated according to its level of difficulty.
The simplest, listed as "elementary," are designed for children from ages
7 to 10. The "intermediate" activities are suitable for ages 11 to 14,
while "advanced" activities are appropriate for those between ages 15 and
up. Keep in mind that these ranges are only suggestions and can be varied
Here's a short list of some of our more popular activities.
Many make great science fair projects.
All readers should start with the basic naked-eye activities
found in the beginning of the book. Learn to recognize the night sky as
you do your daytime world. Then, once you are familiar with the naked-eye
night sky, graduate to those activities that require more in-depth observations
of the heavens.
Section I: The Naked-Eye Sky
Section II: The Moon
Use a star map to read the sky
Find the constellations and bright stars of
Build your own planisphere
Section III: The Sun
Follow Jack and Jill and the Moon's phases
Find where the astronauts landed on the moon
Observe lunar eclipses
Section IV: The Solar System
How NOT to look at the Sun
Estimate the Sun's period of revolution
Make a sundial
Figure eight in the sky -- making an analemma
Chase solar eclipses
Section V: Deep Space
Observe each of the bright planets
Weigh yourself on other planets
Look for micro-meteorites
Build a pocket solar system
Section VI: Optics and Astronomy
Seeing double! Observing double stars
Families of stars - observing star clusters
Clouds in space - observing nebulae
Distant islands of stars - observing galaxies
Fun with optics
A telescope and binocular primer
Build your own 6-inch reflecting telescope
Discover ROY G. BIV - build a spectroscope
Take photographs of the night sky
Note that some of these latter activities require the
use of a telescope or binoculars. If you don't own one, perhaps consider
purchasing one by following the advice found later in the book. Or, for
those who are so inclined, how about building the
telescope that we detail in one of the activities instead? Making
a telescope is a great family project.
214 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 11.04 x 8.54
0762708093; 2nd edition (September 2000)
Library of Congress Catalog Data
||Book (Print, Microform, Electronic,
||Harrington, Philip S.
Astronomy for all ages : discovering the universe through activities for
children and adults / by Philip Harrington and Edward Pascuzzi.
Guilford, Conn. : Globe Pequot Press, c2000.
ix, 214 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
||QB63 .H317 2000