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Astronomy, Third Edition

Students use a set of 12 SkyCaps—a tool created by Dr. Carolyn Sumners of the Houston Museum of Natural History—to experience observational astronomy in the classroom. Experimenting with the SkyCaps and other kit tools, students discover how Earth's motion relates to day and night, the annual seasons, and the predictably changing night sky. They reproduce constellation patterns and build a three-dimensional model to explore stellar distances and magnitudes. Color transparencies from Hubble images and space shuttle training programs support student investigation of the life cycles of stars, the shapes of galaxies, and the size of the universe. Students also build instruments to experience celestial navigation. Astronomy brings the expanse of the cosmos and centuries of ideas about it into the reach of  student understanding. (12 Activities)