Astronomy Learning Guide

How does a professional astronomy educator make the mysteries of the Moon and the stars knowable to all? Our educators lay out how you can help others build astronomy knowledge and confidence in the following guide.

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Meet the Moon | Handout

How big is the Moon? How far away is it? Get to know Earth’s closest neighbor.

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Lunar Observing | Handout

What do you see on the Moon? Find out what you can observe with and without a telescope.

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Light On the Moon | Lesson Plan

Explore the motions of the Moon with these hands-on activities.

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Call of the Moon | Playlist

Everybody is dancing in the moonlight. Our Moon-inspired playlist is music to skygaze to.

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Planet Finding Tips | Handout

No matter where you are on Earth, at some point during the year you will be able to see planets in your sky. Follow this guide to find them.

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Easy Ways to Start Skygazing | Video

It’s easy to start skygazing. Here are three simple ways.

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Tips for Telescope Buying | Handout

Before you buy, find out what’s the right skygazing tool for you.

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Spot the Station | Video & Lesson Plan

Right now, astronauts are circling above the Earth on the International Space Station. Here’s how you can spot them.

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Catch A Meteor | Handout

Learn what a meteor is and how to catch the best meteor showers.

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Rebecca Ljungren

“The sky is for everyone.”
Talk to me about inclusion and barrier-smashing.
Claim to Fame: Traveled to Chile as an ambassador for astronomy education

Shauna Edson

“I love to give learners their daily dose of wonder!”
Talk to me about self-directed learning.
Claim to fame: Set up a telescope for President Obama


Our astronomy educators  at the Museum's Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory are ready to help you develop your own observing program. Send them an email for advice and to get to know them better.