Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Celestial Almanack Volume 2 (February) - A Review
Publisher: Fourth Day Press
To Purchase: CurrClick
Age Range: Middle School and Up
Other Products: Monthly publication
Brief Description: (from the website)
February, 2012: this month, learn about:
* The Sun is moving higher in the noon sky, and rises and sets farther to the north, and how this relates to the days growing longer;
* The constellation Orion dominates the evening skies. Find Orion and his neighboring constellations, and how Orion can be used as a starting point for finding 35 constellations!
* Wow! Jupiter and Venus are drawing closer this month, approaching a spectacular conjunction in March! What an amazing sight!
* Mars and Saturn are visible earlier in the night, and are well placed before midnight;
* Discover these planets and also many bright stars on the evenings when they line up with the Moon;
* And much more! Check out the FREE PREVIEW and tell all your friends!
I really didn't know what to expect when I opened up this ebook. It was written in an Old English sort of style, a lot like I suspect the Richard's Almanack was written so long ago. It gave the book a colonial feel, which was fun to read.
The Almanack has lots of information stashed into the 20+ pages. About leap year, about February's 28 days, about celestial events that take place this month, and some that will take place later this year.
Jay Ryan uses many illustrations and diagrams to help explain the lessons and to help us locate things for ourselves in the night sky. To help even more, he rates items based on their difficulty. For example, finding one constellation in the sky might be very easy and considered a 1 star activity; while another constellation might be very difficult to find and be considered a 3 star activity.
Because of reading this, I took note of the full moon tonight, beautiful thing that it is. I looked up at the night sky and marveled at the clear stillness. It is so awe inspiring to recall how these are the same stars that others have gazed upon for thousands of years.
Astronomy isn't something I have studied much of, so some of the information was "above my head". And astronomy isn't my favorite subject area, so some of it was just more information than I needed. But if astronomy is something you love or something you wish to pursue, I think you will find this almanack to be above and beyond your goals. In my opinion, it is quite impressive.
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Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.