Five Outside Ideas for Studying The Moon and Stars
Take a Sky Walk
On a clear night study the stars. Head to an area with less light such as a garden, park or field, even standing in the dark shadows of a building can help you see the stars more clearly. The less light pollution in your chosen place, the more you’ll be able to see the stars.
Track The Moon
Have you ever noticed that the moon and stars seem to move across the night sky? You can take notes of where you see the moon at which times. Perhaps drawing a picture of your window and making notes of where you see the moon. You’ll need to stand in the same place each time. You can further your studies by exploring why they seem to be moving across the night sky.
Build a Solar System Model
There are lots of great instructions online for building solar system models to help us understand the movement of the planets. You could build a smaller model of Earth, the Moon and the sun, or perhaps go all out and build our solar system. If studying the planets with younger children I’d recommend starting with the Earth and Moon, as these are easiest to grasp and understand.
Join your Local Astronomy Club
Find out if your local area has an astronomy club. If not, perhaps you can create your own. Gather a few friends who also have an interest in the night sky and get together for an evening of observing and learning. Perhaps one of your friends has a telescope, or perhaps you’d like to all save up or have a fundraiser to buy one together as a club.
Use our constellation cards to help you identify constellations in the night sky. Online you can also find constellation maps or apps, to help you identify constellations depending on where you are in the world and what season it is.