Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Celebrate Astronomy

I'm a little behind the times here, as I just learned (from the Farmers' Almanac) that Astronomy Week was April 19-25, with this past Saturday, 4/24, being National Astronomy Day. And 2010 is the first year that the entire month of April is recognized as Global Astronomy Month.

Watch the award-winning series, Planet Earth on your computer. Scroll down to see the list of individual videos (you'll see a little yellow-ish icon with the letters VoD that note that you can view for free via Video on Demand). You'll need to allow popups from the Annenberg Media site to access the videos. After clicking on the VoD icon, you'll get a popup with the video player and the video will begin playing (you'll get a message first to call a toll-free number if you want to purchase the DVD or need more information).

With dedicated areas of online resources for students and teachers, NASA.gov is chock full of spectacular images, facts and multimedia for the space enthusiast.

You'll also find educational materials courtesy of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

Check out Sky & Telescope for articles, an interactive sky chart and lots of other astronomy-related information.
Astronomy.com is another online edition of a magazine and includes photos, videos and online forums for the enthusiast.

And remember that your local library has plenty of materials related to astronomy for all ages!

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