Going Tech with Astronomy

My youngest son, RoboBoy, has Aspergers as do I. One of the characteristics of we Aspies is that we tend to obsess over one or two interests. One of RoboBoy’s passions is astronomy. He absolutely LOVES anything to do with space, planets, black holes and the like. So when I read online that we can see Mars in the night sky during the month of April, I had to take him out in the front yard for a look!

 

Our friend and neighbor had shown us, about a week ago, Jupiter and Venus with a crescent moon below. She then introduced us to Earth Sky where you can see what is going on in the sky on any given night.

 

I recently found The Wired Homeschool online. Look for a guest interview from John in weeks to come! In one of his recent posts he talked about astronomy. He revealed the big news that Saturn will be visible in the night sky this month as well! John even has a review for an app to assist in our “backyard” astronomy forays called, Planets. This app is designed for iPad and iPhones.

 

Under his homeschool resources tab, there is a review of Classical Astronomy. A site that presents all kinds of information about just exactly what we are seeing when we look up at the stars. They have a free monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to.

 

Of course there is always the NASA website to peruse. There is a wealth of information on there!

 

I think we may end up having to invest in a telescope for our family. A trip to our local planetarium is probably in our near future as well.

3 thoughts on “Going Tech with Astronomy

  • April 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm
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    Very cool! I look forward to trying that!

  • June 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm
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    My DD loves astronomy. I have Google Sky on my phone and we love it! You can use it day or night and it is so cool to point it toward the ground to see what is on the other side of the Earth.

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