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  Welcome to the Crosby Middle School

ASTRONOMY CLUB

 

Mr. Eric F. Timerding, sponsor       School Phone:  (502) 485-8235                     

Welcome to the Crosby Middle School Astronomy Club web page! Look around there is a lot to discover here. 
 
WELCOME!
 

CMS Astronomers:

Our next Meeting is Friday, April 25, beginning at 7:30 PM
at our dark site meeting place. I hope to see you there.  

Clear Skies,
Eric F. Timerding  

Since Astronomy is an activity conducted partly outside in the dark, and since the safety of all of our students is paramount, parents or guardians are required to accompany students at astronomy club meetings



 



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Welcome to the Crosby Middle School Astronomy Club. Our goal is to introduce students and their families to the wonders of the night sky and to provide opportunities to learn about space. Meetings are held on Friday evenings 1-2 times each month during the fall semester of the school year. Activities include observing the night sky with the unaided eye, binoculars and telescopes (There are telescopes that are available for student use.); watching video programs related to astronomy and space; becoming familiar with astronomy sites on the internet; visiting the planetarium; learning to keep a log of observations; presentations by outside personnel from various local Astronomy Clubs; and linking with other local astronomy clubs for special observation sessions.

 

Since astronomy is an activity which is conducted at night in the dark, and since safety is of utmost importance, parents will need to personally accompany their students or will need to appoint a responsible adult in their place. Several Astronomy Club members may come to meetings with one adult who will be responsible for them. Students should arrange this prior to each meeting to avoid confusion. Astronomy is a family affair. Brothers and sisters of Astronomy Club members are encouraged to join the student and their parents.


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ASTRONOMY LINKS

 

COOL VIDEOS SOLAR SYSTEM

     SPACE SCHOOL: The Sun     SPACE SCHOOL: Mercury      SPACE SCHOOL: Venus      SPACE SCHOOL: Earth      SPACE SCHOOL: Moon

     SPACE SCHOOL: Mars     SPACE SCHOOL: Jupiter     SPACE SCHOOL: Saturn     SPACE SCHOOL: Uranus     SPACE SCHOOL: Neptune     

     SPACE SCHOOL: Pluto  SPACE SCHOOL: Milky Way   SPACE SCHOOL: Stars    SPACE SCHOOL: Halley's Comet     SPACE SCHOOL: Power of the Sun


     DISCOVERY: The Solar System

     NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Voyager Exploring the Solar System   

     NAKED SCIENCE: Birth of the Solar System  

    


HISTORY CHANNEL: UNIVERSE

     MOON    INNER PLANETS: Mercury and Venus     EARTH     JUPITER: The Giant Planet    SATURN: Lord of the Rings      OUTER PLANETS       

     GRAVITY     ALIEN GALAXIES     

     NEBULAS     SUPERNOVAE     BEYOND THE BIG BANG     THE MULTIVERSE PARALLEL UNIVERSES        


GUSTAV HOLST, THE PLANETS (Music):

     MERCURY: the winged messenger     VENUS: the bringer of peace      MARS: the bringer of war    

    JUPITER; the bringer of jollity      SATURN: the bringer of old age     URANUS: the magician        NEPTUNE: the mystic


THE TOMITA PLANETS:

       INTRODUCTION    MERCURY     VENUS     MARS     JUPITER     SATURN   URANUS     NEPTUNE    

     

SKY WEEK VIDEO : http://www.skyandtelescope.com/videos/skyweek/


OBSERVING THE MOON

THE MOON'S PHASE : http://www.briancasey.org/artifacts/astro/moon.cgi

THE MOON (SKY AND TELESCOPE) : http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/moon

OBSERVING THE MOON (STARGAZER): http://www.stargazing.net/David/moon/index.html

CURRENT MOON PHASE: http://www.calculatorcat.com/moon_phases/phasenow.php

LUNAR FEATURES: http://www.cmf.nrl.navy.mil/clementine/clib/features/comp.html

LUNAR MAP: http://www.amlunsoc.org/lunar_maps.htm

  

THE OUTER PLANETS

THE NINE (8) PLANETS: http://nineplanets.org/

THE OUTER PLANETS (SCHOLASTIC) : http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4854

SOLAR SYSTEM : http://www.siec.k12.in.us/west/proj/space/solar2.htm

THE OUTER SOLAR SYSTEM : http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/outerplanets.htm

GAS GIANTS: http://www.solstation.com/stars/jovians.htm

HEAVENS ABOVE WEB SITE http://heavens-above.com/main.asp?Loc=Louisville&Lat=38.254&Lng=-85.759&Alt=128&TZ=EST

 

SKY CHARTS AND FINDING OBJECTS

ON-LINE SKY MAP     http://www.sky-map.org/

IN THE SKY TONIGHT  http://skytonight.com/observing/ataglance 

TODAY'S SKY ALMANAC http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/almanac/

METEOR SHOWER CALENDAR http://www.farmersalmanac.com/astronomy/meteorshowers.html

HEAVENS ABOVE WEB SITE http://heavens-above.com/

THIS MONTH'S STAR CHART    http://www.telescope.com/control/learning-center-this-monthly-starchart

INTERACTIVE STAR CHART http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/skychart/ #

HOW TO SPOT THE SPACE STATION  http://SkyandTelescope.com/observing/objects/satellites/

LOUISVILLECLEAR SKY CLOCK http://cleardarksky.com/c/LouisvilleKYkey.html

 

LINKS FOR THOSE JUST GETTING STARTED

GETTING STARTED IN ASTRONOMY http://skyandtelescope.com/howto/basics/article_260_1.asp

CHOOSING YOUR FIRST TELESCOPE http://skyandtelescope.com/howto/scopes/article_241_1.asp

ASTRONOMY BASICS http://skyandtelescope.com/howto/basics/default.asp

VISUAL OBSERVING http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/visualobserving/3304621.html 

TELESCOPES AND BINOCULARS http://skyandtelescope.com/howto/scopes/default.asp

THE NINE (8) PLANETS: http://nineplanets.org/


GENERAL WEB SITES

LOUISVILLE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY  http://www.louisville-astro.org/

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION  http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm

AFTER SCHOOL ASTRONOMY CLUB PAGE http://afterschoolastronomy.org

SKY TONIGHT  http://skytonight.com/

NASA FOR KIDS http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/home/   

CASSINI WEB PAGE http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/

THE ELECTRONIC SKY http://www.glyphweb.com/esky/default.htm

SPACE.COM www.space.com/

LOUISVILLE PLANETARIUM http://www.louisville.edu/planetarium/

SKY AND TELESCOPE MAGAZINE ONLINE www.skyandtelescope.com/

EARTH AND SKY www.earthandsky.com/

POWERS OF 10   http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/

A GUIDE TO SPACE EXPLORATION  http://www.orlandofuntickets.com/a-guide-to-space-exploration/  

 

ADVANCED OBSERVING AND IMAGING

ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY   http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/astrophotography   

US NAVY ASTRONOMICAL INFORMATION  http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications

 

  

 

JOHN DOBSON VISITS CMS ASTRONOMY CLUB

Mr. John Dobson, internatinoally recognized as the "Father of Sidewalk Astronomy," visited Crsoby Middle School on September 27, 2007.  Mr. Dobson spoke to a group of 65 students and parents using his Desert Valley slide show. The following evening CMS astronomers again were able to be with Mr. Dobson at a Louisville Astronomial Society sponsored Star Party at Tom Sawyer Park.

JDWeek09  JDWeek04  JDWeek06   

COURIER-JOURNAL ARTICLE MENTIONS CMS ASTRONOMY CLUB

 http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2004/04/23in/A1-stars0423-10650.html 

 

LOU MAYO VISITS CMS ASTRONOMY CLUB

Mr. Lou Mayo, a planetary scientist from the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA visited with the Crosby Middle School Astronomy Club on Friday, November 12, 2004.  He gave a very age appropriate hands-on demonstration of how solar panels are used to collect infrared radiation (I have a 6 minute video) and used a PowerPoint presentation to talk about his work studying Saturn's moon, Titan. Following his demonstration and lecture, he took an additional thirty minutes to respond to questions from Crosby Middle School students.

  When the meeting concluded, he congratulated the club on their efforts.  This club, with 22 student members, an established list of curriculum-based activities, internet resources to study astronomy, opportunities to observe the night sky, the support of the Louisville Astronomical Society, and public activities such as the planetarium and IMAX theater, was described by Mr. Mayo as being "one of the top after school astronomy clubs in the nation!

"Thanks for the information and all of the work you do with this organization. 
I truly appreciate and applaud your efforts." 
                                                                                      -  E--mail from Mr. Lattimore

 

 




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