Any of the material in the Astronomy site might be useful to you, but here there will be articles and links that are likely to be of particular interest to teachers, home educators and parents.
A Quick Guide to the Astronomy Site
What are other people reading? Where can I find an astronomy word search? I´d like some help to start observing. What is a meteor shower? Here is a guide to help you find what you want and get the best out of the BellaOnline Astronomy site.
Astronomy Books as Gifts
What about some astronomy-related books for presents? I´ve made a dozen recommendations, mostly for readers (8-14), but there are some for adults too. Maybe one would suit somebody on your list.
Atlas of the Universe [offsite link]
Here is the visible universe on different scales, starting with a map of the stars within 12.5 light years. Each zoom then expands the view by 10-20 times: out through the Milky Way and the smaller galaxies held by its gravity, the Virgo Supercluster made up of groups of galaxies held together by gravity. This is really still our local area, as there are some ten million superclusters in the visible universe.
There is additional information and a glossary to help your understanding.
Books for Young People
Reviews of books aimed at young people or which would be suitable for school-aged pupils.
Copernicus - the Revolution
In the 16th century everyone knew that Earth was the center of the cosmos. But this made it impossible to predict the motions of heavenly bodies, even if they moved in elaborate circles within circles. Copernicus turned the idea on its head and put the Sun at the center. A revolution had begun!
Exploring Stars and Planets - book review
Looking for an astronomy book for readers 8-14? Philip´s has a brand new edition of Ian Ridpath´s best seller. Clearly written and illustrated with up-to-date images, it´s the story of the Solar System. But there are also glimpses into galaxies, exploding stars and the history of the Universe.
Hubble 3D - Film Review
For over two decades a special telescope has given us breath-taking views of the cosmos. The Hubble Space Telescope has lasted this long through servicing by space shuttle astronauts, but the final mission is over. This IMAX film is a tribute to the iconic instrument - is there a theater near you?
Websites, activities and articles especially aimed at young people. Their parents and teachers may be interested too.
Scale of the Universe 2 - website
How big is the Universe? And how small? This website takes you from yoctometers - unbelievably small - to yottameters – just as unbelievably big. Navigate up or down from the human scale, with drawings and diagrams that make sense of the numbers. A great tour for everyone.
Science Fair Astronomy Projects
Attention, educators and students! Need help with astronomy ideas for a science fair? Wonder about how to do a project or investigation? Here are some useful sites with suggestions for astronomy-themed projects, as well as plenty of how-to on researching and presenting work.
Teaching Moon Phases and Eclipses
Why does the Moon seem to change shape? If eclipses happen when the Sun, Moon and Earth are all lined up, why don´t they happen every month? If you´re an educator, you may need to understand why and explain it to children. Here are some online resources to help you out.
Teaching Why We Have Day and Night
Why do we have day and night? For thousands of years most people thought it was because the Sun went around the Earth. That is certainly what it looks like, so how can you explain that day and night happen because the earth spins on its axis? Here are some ideas.
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