I thought this book had wonderful pictures and information. My son and I had fun looking at the book together. We learned about the analema, Haley's Comet, eclipses, sun dogs, and moon dogs. I know that we will use this book for many years to come.
My favorite chapter is the one about astronomy with the unaided eye. One of the best parts was all the diagrams of the night skies. I'm glad I live in the Northern Hemisphere, because the diagrams were geared towards those living at mid-northern latitudes.
There was a lot of great information in this entire book for an amateur astronomer. The chapter on astro-photography was one that I need to share with my sister, because she enjoys taking pictures of the night sky.
This book would be useful for homeschoolers and amateur astronomers. I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure- I received The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle for free. All links were current when posted. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I'm disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
Apple & Speedy are so interested in the solar system and sky right now. We went to a planetarium at the very beginning of this school year, and they have been "researching" the sky since. This is one of the things I love about homeschool the most. We have the freedom to follow a trail of interest at our leisure. I don't know many other K and 3rd graders that get to delve so deeply into the solar system. We have a nice planet poster up in our school room for a visual and we've been seeking information at the library, online, and now in this new fabulous resource we received. The Stargazer's Guide To The Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle is a great place for young children to start learning about God's creations in space.
"This book is written for the person who has no experience in astronomy, but wants to learn how to best enjoy the night sky." (pg 4) Doesn't that say everything you need to know? Honestly I don't know much about astronomy. This is one of those areas where I will learn beside my children. This book is a terrific place to start. Many of the heavenly bodies Dr. Lisle introduces you to can be viewed by the human eye, no telescope needed. There is even a whole chapter on the human eye to help you better understand how and why you see what you do. In case you are ready to continue your study of the sky, Dr. Listle also includes a chapter on telescopes to assist you in making the best purchase.
Apple and Speedy have basically devoured every beautiful image in the book. Many come from the Hubble Space telescope. Apple is completely intrigued by the galaxies, especially the beautiful pictures of the Whirlpool Galaxy. Speedy loves them all! He has really been studying the planets. I must admit I have sat and thumbed through the pages several times already. I am so in awe of God's magnificent creation! If you have children that are interested in the sky, the planets, the constellations, check out this guide! It would make a wonderful gift for an adult or a child, any novice sky gazer!
I received this book from New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
This year we are studying ancient history. This is actually our first year studying history, and since we school using the classical model we start at the beginning of time. Also keeping with the classical model, we try to integrate as many subjects together as possible, giving everything meaning and relevance. For ancient history, that would mean studying sciences like life science and astronomy.
Just this week we began at the beginning..."In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) so I couldn't think of anything better to start thinking about than the heavens! (I guess the earth would have worked too =) Luckily for me, I had recently received a review copy of The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle. This hardcover, full color book is amazing and brimming with so much information! It is a very advanced book, so by no means will I be reading it with my 4 year old, but it opened my eyes to a new realm of study.
As I read through this book, I took notes of concepts I would like to integrate with our study of history this year. I wrote down things mostly about the sun and the moon...things that I could easily observe and discuss with my young children. This book is an incredible resource that I can see myself going back to time and time again. It can equip any parent with great knowledge needed to instruct their children about things in the sky.
If you have an older child, especially one who has taken an interest to astronomy, I highly recommend this as a resource for them. The book is filled with incredible detail and beautiful pictures. It covers everything from how our eyes work (with really interesting ideas for how to make your eyes work better in the dark!) to when to see meteor showers, and even how to take pictures of the beautiful sky! It details everything you would ever want to know about the sun, moon, and how everything moves in the sky (like where and when to look for stars). If you have an interest in any of these things, this book is for you!
This book has made me want to grab a blanket, go lay in my yard, and just watch the sky above. Want to join me?
I received this book from New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of this review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.
This is just the book I've been looking for; something down-to-earth enough for beginners yet technical enough that we will continue to advance in our learning and understanding. We love gazing at stars and searching for common constellations, stars, and visible planets like Mars and Venus.
Chapters cover Motions in the Sky (basic & advanced), Understanding the Eye, Astronomy with the Unaided Eye, Celestial Events, Telescope Basics, Telescope Observing Sessions, The Moon and the Sun, The Planets, Star Classification and Telescope Viewing, Deep Sky Objects, and Astrophotography.
How thrilled I was to read that the best annual meteor shower occurs August 12-13 in the Northern Hemisphere. That's only a few weeks away! As I was laying in bed last night, thinking about it, I wondered how plausible it is that we will see anything or be awake enough to haul ourselves out of bed when it gets a little bit dark (here in Alaska) to go watch. For those fortunate enough to live somewhere where it actually gets dark at night - enjoy! We may just have to wait for the second best annual showing that peaks on December 14; the Geminid meteor shower. By then, I sure hope we see our fair share of the northern lights too!
Reading about everything we can't see with the naked eye and the detail you can see up close with a good telescope has me wishing that we had access to someone's expensive piece of equipment! Amazing photos are found throughout the book so even without that telescope, you're given a wealth of visual stimulation. Just laying out in a field, on a beach, or in your backyard away from city lights is a delight as you gaze at God's canvas.
We had the added benefit of visiting the Creation Museum in Kentucky last year. If you have the opportunity to visit, be sure to view any (ie. all) of their planetarium productions that happen to be playing at that time. What a blessing to watch and listen to a non-evolutionary based teaching of Astronomy.
Dr. Lisle's book has multiple star charts towards the end for reference. Star Walk is a great additional resource (app) to have on hand. Just hold your iPad up to the sky and it will show you in live-time what you are looking at. You can zoom in to see cosmic sites even further into the vastness of space. Just as Star Walk will make you more familiar with the sky around you, The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky will increase your knowledge about the where's, how's, and why's of your stargazing adventures and add to the print format star charts.
What a creative God to create everything from microscopic single-celled organisms to the unimaginable grandness of space and all it contains. Yet, in all of it...He chose us. Created in His own image. He commands the galaxies to obey Him but won't force us to love Him. He is our ever-forgiving Father who desires our love not because we have to love Him, but because we want to. No wonder the stars worship Him in their beauty.