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On the first Saturday of every month we post educational skywatching notes for the homeschool month ahead. Here’s the monthly northern hemisphere night-sky review for October 2019 from the Hubble Space Telescope’s website:
And here’s another October night-sky review, courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California — it features the ice giants, Uranus and Neptune, that you and your students can learn more about this month (and maybe see if you have access to a telescope or a sky-watching club):
For serious homeschool skywatchers, the weekly updates from Sky & Telescope magazine provide a wealth of additional detail. Here’s the latest one:
It includes a constellation chart for the month, as well as a schedule of upcoming astronomical events. (Monthly maps for the southern hemisphere and the equatorial regions are also available.)
The best stargazing nights in October will be toward the beginning and end of the month: the moon will be full (and the dimmer stars less visible) on the 13th. As always, you can look up the moon’s phases in your River Houses almanac (riverhouses.org/books) and also at the excellent timeanddate.com website.
October is the second month of Cygnus Term, the first of the four terms that make up the River Houses year. Our Great Star for the month of October is Alpheratz (alpha Andromedae), which we’ll be writing about next week. (It’s mentioned in the Hubble video above also.) Print your own River Houses Star Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us through the year as we learn about twelve of the high lights of the northern hemisphere night sky.
What celestial observations will you and your students be making in your homeschool this month? 😊
❡ Watchers of the skies: Teaching your students to recognize the constellations is one of the simplest and most enduring gifts you can give them. Your recommended backyard star guide and homeschool world atlas (riverhouses.org/books) both contain charts of the constellations that will show you all the highlights. Find a dark-sky spot near you this month and spend some quality homeschool time beneath the starry vault. 🌠 🌌 🔭
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