On the first Friday of every month we post skywatching notes for the homeschool month ahead. Here’s the monthly northern hemisphere review for September, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope’s website:
The regular sky summary from Space.com provides many more details and is perfect for every serious young astronomy student:
The best stargazing nights in September will be toward the beginning of the month — the moon will be growing brighter until it’s full on the 24th (when the stars will be harder to see). As always, you can track the moon’s phases at the excellent timeanddate.com website (timeanddate.com/moon/phases).
What celestial 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.
❡ Calendars for the year: Print your own River Houses homeschooling calendar for the whole year at riverhouses.org/calendars and follow along with us! 😊