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The Magazine About Learning and Teaching Astronomy


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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 20
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[Issue 21 delayed until December solstice]

Flipping the Planetarium:  The World Wide Telescope in a Dome - There’re all kinds of portable planetariums and projector systems.  Here’s one you can make using a laptop and website, and then have your students learn from teaching.

Cover Story! Catching Rays--Muon Science With Probeware - Take students out of their "we are separate from the rest of the Universe' bubble and have them catch muons, particles spawned by cosmic rays from space.  It's easy and not as expensive as it used to be, if you use readily available probeware.

Home Sweet New Home:  Astronomy for Students Under Alien Skies - A real test of your teaching--can you students survive being exiled to a new world?

Investigating "Old" Astronomical Almanacs - They are cheap, readily available, and around for centuries.  Is there any useful astronomy information a teacher can use from old publications like the Farmer's Almanac?


Astronomy of the Northern Sky - Beyond The Galaxy's Edge - In our last column of this series, we jump from the Perseus Arm into intergalactic space.  Students can learn about galaxy classification, galaxy clusters, and time lookback (really FAR back...) in the Northern Sky.
My View of the Classroom Universe - (Editorial) - Move Over, Fraunhofer!  Hermograph and TCA are heading to Germany!


Teachers' Summer Planning Sky Calendar {click here!}

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How students can find the Astronomy and Science Curriculum of Hogwarts

From Inquiry to NGSS

and more....

Plus our regular columns:

Astronomical Teach-niques

Photons Focused On: Astronomy at Harry Potter's Wizarding World

The Sky Planning Calendar
for including sky events in your lesson plans.

Journal and Review of Astronomy Education and Outreach

A Scholarly Publication of Research, News and Commentary
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Why Subscribe?

...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

...(TCA) is notable for its infectious enthusiasm.  Give this unpretentious journal a chance. - Magazines for Libraries

Your magazine will be a good resource both for me, and for the B. Ed. students who are taking the elementary science course...Well-done! - Terry Bridger, Queens University, Canada

I just spent my lunch hour reading through it, and it's a lot of fun with some good classroom ideas ready to go. - Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge, District School Board, Canada

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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The Classroom Astronomer is published by Hermograph Press LLC, Marietta, GA

Publisher/Editor: Dr. Larry Krumenaker