Get to Know the Night Sky: Online Course
Over the course of three evenings we'll explore the constellations, planets and naked-eye highlights of the spring season with an emphasis on understanding the movement of the stars and celestial cycles. Through knowledge we can nurture a closer connection to the night sky and better appreciate our place in the universe.
Week 1: Easy constellations and moon-tracking
We identify the brightest stars and constellation groups and learn how they rise, set and change with the seasons. Since the moon dominates the sky this week, we'll spend some time getting better acquainted with its phases and motion.
Week 2: Keeping tabs on the planets
Planets are always on the move which makes them trickier to follow than stars. We'll "visit" each currently visible bright planet and make them friends for life by learning the secrets of their cycles.
Week 3: Exploration of thesky:
Behind the stars dot the sky are countless other objects visible in binoculars and telescopes — star clusters, nebulas and galaxies — that take us to the edge of the visible universe. Let’s go there.