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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 July from the Hubble Space Telescope’s website:
This July 20th is a very important anniversary: the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. Here’s another July night-sky review, courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, which features some special facts about the moon that you can share with your students during this anniversary month:
For serious homeschool skywatchers, the weekly updates from Sky & Telescope magazine provide a wealth of additional detail. Here’s the latest one:
The best stargazing nights in July will be toward the beginning and the end of the month: the moon was new (and the sky darkest) on the 2nd, and it will be new again on the 31st. 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.
July is the middle month of Hercules Term, the last of the four three-month terms that make up the River Houses year. Our great star for the month of July is Arcturus, which we’ll be writing about next week. Print your own River Houses Star Calendar (riverhouses.org/calendars) and follow along with us through the year as we learn about twelve 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. 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. 🔭
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