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On the first Saturday of every month we post educational skywatching notes for the homeschool month ahead. Here’s a monthly northern hemisphere review for May 2019, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope’s website:
And here’s another May review, courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
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 May will be toward the beginning of the month — the moon is new (and the sky darkest) today, the 4th. As always, you can track the moon’s phases at the excellent timeanddate.com website.
May is the third month of Leo Term, the third of the four three-month terms that make up the River Houses year. Our Great Star for the month of May is Polaris, the North Star, which we’ll be writing about next week. Print your own River Houses star calendar and follow along with us through the year as we learn about twelve of high lights of the northern hemisphere night sky.
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. 🌠 🔭 🌌
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