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Planet Party

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Visitors view planets, the Moon, and stars in the sky with the naked eye and binoculars or telescopes. Planning resources and tips for partnering with a local astronomical society are provided.

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Related Programming Resources

Related Links Contact your local astronomy club or other amateur astronomers. These organizations offer search tools to find a club near you:
• The Astronomical League, Sky and Telescope
• NASA Night Sky Network

Monthly sky charts or simple sky wheels are available free from a variety of websites.
• Monthly sky charts
• Simple sky wheels

Applets or other planetarium programs are useful planning tools:
• StarDate
• Stellarium
• Planet Finder

A brief tour of the month’s constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events is available through:
• Tonight’s Sky

Use "Spot the Station", a NASA service, to determine whether or not the International Space Station will be visible during the observation period or not.
• Spot the Station

Websites:
• NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System
Learn about our home planet, our solar system, the universe beyond, and the spacecraft exploring them with this downloadable application
• Moon Mappers (Planet Mappers, Moon Edition)
Citizen science project mapping craters on the Moon

Podcasts:
• 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts
Launched in 2009 as part of the International Year of Astronomy, this community podcast continues to produce day after day of content across the years. In 2013, they evolved to add video, and in 2015 they join the International Year of Light.
• Exploration What’s Up podcast
What spacecraft and celestial events are happening each month are described in this video podcast

Handouts:
• Our Solar System lithographs (NASA educational product number LS-2013-07-003-HQ)
• Monthly sky charts
• Simple sky wheels
• An Earth-based Tour of the Moon
• Skywatcher’s Guide to the Moon

Images:
• Hubble Site (NASA/STScI)
• NASA Solar System Exploration
• Planetary PhotoJournal (NASA/JPL)
• Spitzer Space Telescope (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
• Astronomy Picture of the Day

Webinars:
• Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey
This webinar comes from a request from STAR_Net Libraries to have a Space Science primer, to help with program/activity facilitation. This interactive webinar will take you on a journey through our Solar System, and Beyond, providing you with the tools and knowledge to conduct your own space-based programming!
Originating Source Lunar and Planetary Institute/National Center for Interactive Learning
Updated from LaConte, K., Shupla, C., Shipp, S. (March 2012) “Jump to Jupiter.” Explore! Jupiter’s Family Secrets. Educational product EG-2012-04-021-JPL. NASA Wavelength Digital Library
Related Books
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• Everything Space (Becker, Helaine, and Brendan Mullan, 2015)
• A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky (Driscoll, Michael and Meredith Hamilton, 2004)
• Astronomy: Cool women in space (Yasuda, A., 2015)

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Planet Party

Planet Party

Visitors view planets, the Moon, and stars in the sky with the naked eye and binoculars or telescopes. Planning resources and tips for partnering with a local astronomical society are provided.