Unschooling Resources: Astronomy

Books

Bedroom Astronomy: Science that Really Sticks to Your Ceiling by the editors of Klutz
Like all Klutz books, this one is packed full of cool information in an extremely readable format. Includes glow-in-the-dark stars to stick on the ceiling (and you can put them exactly where they're supposed to go by shining a flashlight through the special pages in the book). Much more than just putting stars on the walls (including sections like "The Amazing Shrinking Moon," "Why Are Spirals So Popular," "Attack of the Gamma Rays" and much, much more), this book is, as my son says, "Awesome!"


Movies

Carl Sagan's Cosmos
"In his 'ship of the imagination,' Sagan guides us to the farthest reaches of space and takes us back into the history of scientific inquiry, from the ancient library of Alexandria to the NASA probes of our neighboring planets. Upon this vast canvas Sagan presents the "cosmic calendar," placing the 15-billion-year history of the universe into an accessible one-year framework, then filling it with a stunning chronology of events, both interstellar and earthbound.
From the lives of the stars, to creation theories, functions of the human brain, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmos asks big questions. When appropriate, Sagan offers big answers, or asks still bigger--and yes, even spiritual--questions at the boundaries of science and religion. What's most remarkable about Cosmos is that it remains almost entirely fresh, with few updates needed to the science that Sagan so passionately celebrates. It is no exaggeration to say that Cosmos--for all the debate it may continue to provoke--is a vital document for humanity at a pivotal crossroads of our history."


Websites

Buying Your First Telescope
A highly informative (yet simple) article about how to choose your first telescope. Remember, it's not the magnification power that matters, but the size of the aperture!

Calendars Through the Ages
Wonderful site on the history, astronomy and mathematics behind the world's calendars.

Celestial Navigation
"Celestial Navigation is the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets, and, in one form or another, is one of the oldest practices in human history. This webpage is an attempt to bring together all of the best Celestial Navigation resources on the internet, with pointers to other resources as well."

The Dome of the Sky
"View the stars from different latitudes north and south. Learn the star names and the constellations!" Wonder what the sky will look like tonight? Find out here.

 How big is the solar system?
A "class project," but a great idea, and easy to do outside a classroom setting.

How to Build a Dobsonian Telescope
Step by step instructions

HubbleSite
"At the Space Telescope Science Institute, we’re working hard to study and explain the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible using Hubble’s cutting-edge technology. In the course of this exploration we will continue to share with you the grace and beauty of the universe… because the discoveries belong to all of us." Hauntingly beautiful images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The site also includes lots of information, an astronomy podcast, and many wonderful games and activities. A real treasure.

Mars Quest Online

NASA Kids

NASA's Cool Cosmos

NASA's EdSpace
Cool site with lots of video clips. Check out the "Living in Space" section.

NASA's Solar System Generator

NASA's Space Place

NASA's StarChild

SPACE Kids
resembles an online magazine

SpaceWander.com

Your Weight on Other Worlds

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