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A few years back, the boys and I spent most of our homeschooling year learning astronomy. There is just something about all the wonders up in the sky, both visible and invisible.
Fourth Day Press is a company that I’ve heard about for a while and this past Fall bought a copy of Moonfinder… An Illustrated Storybook. Our family plans to enjoy that title during our Spring semester.
I was intrigued to hear about a new product line being authored by Jay Ryan and available in digital format, the Celestial Almanack. January 2012 is the first edition of what will hopefully continue for some time.
Mr. Ryan walks the reader through what to expect in the sky, either visible to the naked eye or with the aid of optical instruments (like a telescope.)
What will you find inside of the ebook:
- An Astronomical Calendar listing remarkable days, conjunctions, and moon phases.
- Signs of the Seasons with wonderful color illustrations that show the sky at noon through the month and how the sunset azimeth changes over the winter.
- Seasonal Skies for the evening also provides colored illustrations of the sky with different constellations highlighted.
- Seasonal Skies for the morning (before dawn) also shows what you might see through illustration.
- Dance of the Planets also utilizes color illustrations to show placement of the planets in their revolutions around the sun.
Like I said, this is a power packed reference to help your budding astronomers make sense of what they can see when gazing upon the celestial heavens. It could be used as an aid for families that have an interest in observing this aspect of the world around us. Or, it could be used as an aid to expand upon a current study of astronomy.
I’ve enjoyed reading and look forward to some clear nights to sky gaze with the boys. It just can’t be too cold for me to venture outside (those –20 degrees below zero nights seem harsh!)
Celestial Almanack is available through Currclick with a retail price of $3.
Disclaimer ~ We were provided with a digital copy of Celestial Almanack January 2012 edition to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own.
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