Sharing the Sky: A Parent's and Teacher's Guide to Astronomy

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This is the perfect guide for the parent or teacher who wishes to introduce to young people the awesome delights of the universe. Contrary to popular wisdom, the daytime sky, as well as the nighttime sky, contains riches to explore. Sharing the Sky engagingly shows us how to "observe" the sun safely, how to "star-hop" - as in jumping from the Big Dipper to Scorpius, how to search for mysteries amid the deep craters of the moon, how to explore the magnificence of our neighboring planets, how to answer the science ...

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Overview

This is the perfect guide for the parent or teacher who wishes to introduce to young people the awesome delights of the universe. Contrary to popular wisdom, the daytime sky, as well as the nighttime sky, contains riches to explore. Sharing the Sky engagingly shows us how to "observe" the sun safely, how to "star-hop" - as in jumping from the Big Dipper to Scorpius, how to search for mysteries amid the deep craters of the moon, how to explore the magnificence of our neighboring planets, how to answer the science questions most often asked by children and how to explain why the history of comets, meteors, and asteroids is so enmeshed with the saga of dinosaurs and human evolution. A special, handsomely illustrated section devoted to the colorful legends of the zodiac and the constellations will enchant children and adults alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306456398
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/1997
  • Pages: 324
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Ideals Are Like Stars: An Introduction 3
2 Some Basics: What Is Really Important? 11
3 Cultures and Constellations 27
4 Keeping an Observing Log 73
5 Telescopes for Children 83
6 School, Home, Camp: Differences in Approach 95
7 Safe Sun 115
8 Enjoying the Moon 133
9 Planets as Places 153
10 Beauty and Danger: Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors 191
11 Advanced Project: Observing Meteors 205
12 A Week to Remember: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter 211
13 Stars Are People, Too 227
14 Advanced Project: Variable Stars 245
15 Galaxies and the Universe 253
16 Searching for Life Out There 267
17 Questions about Earth, the Sky, and the Solar System 281
18 Questions about the Universe, Life, and Philosophy 293
Index 303
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