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12/05/2009

365 Days of Astronomy

The year is getting old now and with this being the International Year of Astronomy the IYA group put together 365 days of Astronomy Podcasts. They can be found here. Simply go to the site and look over the podcasts and then click on the title. You'll go to the main area where you can learn about the podcast, the author and a transcript. If you look on the home page to the left you can subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes (that's how I do it) or via RSS. There are some very excellent podcasts in this collection that are good for beginners, intermediate and advance amateurs.

If you go to the calendar you can see the podcasts that are upcoming. There are a couple I think some may enjoy listening to. They are:

Monday, Dec. 7th Don't Lick the Telescope and Other Tips for Cold Weather Observing by Mike Simonsen of Slacker Astronomy and his tips on observing in cold weather (he lives in Michigan and has observed over 56,000 observations of variable stars, many I'm sure in cold and frigid Michagan weather!).

Tuesday Dec. 8th What is the Kuiper Belt? Talks about Pluto and those other Kuiper Belt Objects

Pause, this is an important item. Some of these podcasts are great for teachers to share in support of curriculum they teach, depending on age and development stage of the child. They do incorporate modern technology, a pod cast that can be listened to in iTunes or other such outlets or on a MP3 player or iPod player.
Another item, if you have some speakers with an iPod or a basic CD player (download and burn them on the CD, the ones you want to play) and then use them in outreach to supplement what your doing.

Thursday, Dec 10th, Blue Star Blues (talks about why a blue star could be blue and the important role these giants play in the universe)

Monday, Dec. 14th Tycho Brahe: All about this wonderful astronomer and a good one I hope to let students know about another early astronomer besides Copernicus and Galileo.

Friday Dec. 25th Star of Wonder.
Star of Wonder examines the theories behind the celestial event that prompted the Magi (Three Kings) to travel to Bethlehem. Was this light an exploding star, a brilliant comet, or an unusual grouping of planets? Presented by The Adler Planetarium in Chicago and I'm sure this will fit with the Astronomy Magazine article in their December issue.

Sat. Dec 26th Confessions of a Christmas Trash Scope by Richard S. Wright. Synopsis from the site:
could someone REALLY get a decent start to a lifelong and rewarding hobby with such an abomination? Indeed, it might just kick start a career to boot. Hear how one man’s childhood dream to own a powerful telescope taught him to turn lemons into lemonade… and opened up the wonders of the night sky, despite all advice to the contrary

One of the things I love about this site is that you or me, or anyone could have signed up for a date and then create a podcast and have it presented here . . . well, see their site as they are now fill. Wonderful and fun resource and one I hope you find interesting. I would love to create a site where someone posts a pod cast and then in a thread we discuss that podcast, much like a forum site (CloudyNights comes to mind) but with video. I fear though that space would take up too much but perhaps if it was limited to just one podcast a week . . .; something I'll have to research and think about.

Weather last night was really cold but I had a commitment with the wife so no observing. Today it is starting to snow and will until next Thursday. Go figure, during the waxing gibbous, full moon and waning gibbous moon the skies were clear. Now as we approach last quarter, waning crescent and new moon the weather turns. That's how the last 3 months have been! Clear skies to you.

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