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Investigating Motions of the Sky

Here are some digital resources you may use with this unit of the Investigating Astronomy Curriculum.

Exploration One: Motions of the Sun in the Sky

Activity 4: Observing Local Sunset

   Sunrise and Sunset Time Data

Exploration Three: Motions of the Stars in the Sky

First Thoughts: Making Claims


Activity 2: Considering Constellations

   Star Finder

Exploration Four: Motions of the Planets in the Sky

Activity 3: Modeling Retrograde Motion

NASA's 2003: Mars Retrograde Animation

Mars Retrograde Motion Applet

Venus Retrograde Motion Animation


Doing Science

Extending Your Work

Recommended Resources

    Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)�the largest general astronomy society in the world

    Astronomy Magazine�a monthly magazine for amateur astronomers

    Sky and Telescope�a monthly magazine providing articles and information on all aspects of astronomy, space exploration, telescope equipment, and amateur telescopes

    Binocular Stargazing by Mike D. Reynolds (Stackpole Books, 2005, ISBN:0811731367)�an easy-to-use guidebook for observing the sky with binoculars

    Stargazer: The Life and Times of the Telescope by Fred Watson (Da Capo Press, 2005, ISBN:0-306-81432-3)�a book on the history of the telescope and people involved in that story

    Maya Cosmos by David Freidel, Linda Schele, and Joy Parker�a book about archeology, astronomy, and one interpretation of the creation story of Maya, a Native american people of southern Mexico and northern Central America