Learning Space 104: The Magic of Star Parties & The White House Star Party

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Special guest Robert Sparks (National Optical Astronomy Observatory) joins us to talk about this year’s White House Star Party and how telescopes and star parties can create an addiction to astronomy!

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Learning Space 103: The Fall lineup of New Stars

By on October 28, 2015 in

One of my favorite things to do with students in the late fall is to take them outside and point first to the Orion nebula, then to the Pleiades, and finally to the Hyades cluster, saying “these are snap shots in the evolution of open clusters.” Each of these systems is the home of young […]

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Learning Space 102: Celebrating the Moon

By on September 17, 2015 in

This week’s episode hit on three big Moon related topics. Catch all the details you need below! International Observe the Moon Night This weekend, on Saturday 19 September, we’re celebrating International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). This global celebration of the Moon has activities planned on every continent of Earth except for Antartica, and with some […]

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Colors from nothing & your data for free

By on September 2, 2015 in

Ok, that title may be a little of the top, but it’s totally (or at least mostly) true. A couple weeks ago I gave a workshop on creating color images to the good folks attending AstroFest. Is was all hands-on, seat of your pants, color image creation, and people asked me to write up a […]

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Sky Events during the 2016 School Year (Learning Space 101)

By on August 31, 2015 in

Here are all the big dates you might need to put together your fall syllabus or plan your camping trip to a dark sky site. We will be putting together kids’ activities for a lot of these events over on our sister site: Galileo Students. We snuck a lot of this content into Learning Space […]

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