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The Celestial Sphere (DVD)

How often have you looked at the stars and wondered about the constellations and star names? Wheather you are a teacher, a student or a star gazer, you need this DVD! Astronomy is now part of curriculum in many schools. Teachers will find The Celestial Sphere an excellent way to introduce the sky and astronomy to their students.

This NEW DVD delivers the real sky. It is a record of the night sky as seen from a dark rural site. It contains unique scenes of Comet Hyakutake and Hale Bopp as they drifted across the northern sky. There are also video segments of aurorae, meteors and solar eclipses. Once you have learned the sky, turn off the sound and enjoy the show in the silence of your thoughts.

Some of the things you'll learn include

  • The rotation of the celestial sphere
  • How the constellations and asterisms drift across the sky and around the Polaris
  • Locates and identifies the brightest deep sky objects visible to the unaided eye from suburban observing sites

This DVD comes with a navigation menu to help you find the part of the sky you want to see. As a bonus, this DVD also contains an electronic book as a PDF file.

The Celestial Sphere is an excellent resource for educators. Suitable for star gazers AND both public and highschool classes (grades 5 to 12). It is even used in college and university introductory astronomy courses. Educators may select specific sections for their astronomy classes.

Content

10 general topics covered in the videotape

  • An Introduction
  • Earth's Motion
  • The Milky Way and the Seasons
  • Our Northern Sky
  • Our Eastern Sky
  • Our Southern Sky
  • Our Western Sky
  • Celestial Objects
  • Comets and Meteors
  • Earth and Sun (aurora, solar eclipse)
  • The Epilog