On the first Friday of every month we post skywatching notes for the homeschool month ahead. Here’s the monthly northern hemisphere review for July, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope’s website. As you’ll see, this is a great month for learning about the planets and about a number of beautiful deep-sky objects:
The regular sky summary from Space.com provides many more details and is perfect for every serious young astronomy student:
The best skywatching nights in July will be toward the middle of the month — the moon will be new (and the sky darkest) on the 12th. As always, you can track the moon’s phases at the excellent timeanddate.com website (timeanddate.com/moon/phases).
What astronomical observations have you made in your homeschool lately? 😊
❡ Watchers of the skies: Teaching your students to recognize the constellations is one of the simplest and most enduring gifts you can give them. The planisphere on the front of your River Houses star atlas (riverhouses.org/books) will let you dial up the northern hemisphere sky for any night of the year, and the descriptions and maps of each constellation will point out the highlights. Find a dark-sky spot near you this month and spend some quality homeschool time beneath the starry vault.