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The Classroom Astronomer is a full color, quarterly PDF publication designed as a practitioner journal for classroom teachers of astronomy. While centered at the high school level, it also provides tips, techniques and informative how-to articles for teachers of grades K-8 and undergraduate college "Astro 101" courses. Our mission is to increase the amount of astronomy in the school systems and improve the skills of teachers.

Issue 22
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Cover Story!  Examples of the Thrills of Science - "It's the thrill of discover that keeps us in astronomy," says a Nobel Prize winner.  In this article, he and three others who have experienced The Moment of Discovery, when they were the only persons who knew what they had found, discuss their experiences, how they got there, and what they suggest teachers do to encourage students into science.

Russian Students at Baikonur Cosmodrome - Winners of a contest fly to Moscow and then Russia's space center, Baikonur.  What a field trip!  Not only the usual museums and sights but they get to watch three astro/cosmonauts prepare for a launch...and watch the launch, too!

The House of Astronomy - No, you can't live there, but as a teacher, you might wish to attend workshops, a state of the art planetarium that takes you out of the universe, and more.  

Stars Beneath My Feet!! - Who says education research has to be boring?  Here are two computer/astronomy education researchers at play, brainstorming for workable ideas to teach astronomy concepts.  Experience falling through space in 3-D, hand control of Jupiter, and the N-Body problem as a computer game.

Ach du meine GŁte!  Heidelberg Scientists Stare at Sun for Fun! - A partial solar eclipse brings out nearly a hundred scientists to view a natural event!  How many different ways do they safely watch the eclipse?  


Astronomical Teachniques - What's wrong with the picture?  An image on an app, is it real, or a mistake?;  A jigsaw exercise for use in reviewing for a final exam on the planets.

Photons Focused On -- Astronomical Heidelberg - Astronomy, real and in the non-science world, abounds.  Here are four pages of photos showing astronomical words in non-astronomical contexts, plus a rare sighting in the sky!

My View of the Classroom Universe - (Editorial) - HITS Me; It's My Best Shot - The move is accomplished from Atlanta to Heidelberg, Germany.  What have we seen and learned about astronomy education so far?


Teachers' Spring Planning Sky Calendar {click here!}

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...this website and the quarterly publications would certainly be one of my most valuable resources...(they) have many practical suggestions for classroom and evening activities to make astronomy more accessible for high school students. - W. Brouwer, reviewer, Alberta, Canada AAPT section

Most articles in TCA are up to the standard of The Science Teacher. - B. Palmquist, professor of physics/science education, Central Washington University

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I have just subscribed to your magazine and have read the fall issue. What a great concept! What a fantastic resource! Thank you for taking your love of the skies and turning it into something that will help us teachers create a future generation of knowledgeable sky observers! - Deborah J. Snow, Perrysburg Jr. High, OH

An impressive mass of interesting material! - Guy Ottewell, Author Astronomical Calendar

Which Toy Planetarium Would A Teacher Want?

Finding spectra of gas tubes, street lights that cause light pollution, and the Sun with Vernier's SpectroVis

The End of the World!  What? Again? All about the 2012 Nonsense and Educational Activities to Show Why

Using Vernier sensors to monitor light, temperature and sky color during any solar eclipse.

Gnomon Knowledge - Sundials Are A Global Activity

For four articles on lunar eclipses and measuring the Moon, see under Links.

On The Trail of William Herschel

Year Round Teaching Tool - Astronomy of the Northern Sky---A Sky Quest, Lives of the Stars

Testing Your Binocular Limits with Binaries

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Publisher/Editor: Dr. Larry Krumenaker