Astronomy Education Background Information Resources
Basic astronomy/general interest
Constellations and astronomy of different cultures
The Celts/Celtic Mythology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-quarter_day (Has links to more info on all four Celtic festivals.)
Precession of the Equinoxes
Hubble Space Telescope
History of astronomy/important astronomers
http://www.mysundial.ca/tsp/tsp_index.html Making a sundial.
http://www.tecepe.com.br/nav/CDSextantProject.htm Making a sextant.
Shows/fixed domes/planetarium products
Bad Astronomy, Philip Plait. What misconceptions do your students hold? A very engaging and informative book.
Facts on File Dictionary of Astronomy, Valerie Illingworth and John O.E. Clark. If you're going to buy only one reference book, make it this one! It never leaves my desk.
Universe at your Fingertips, Project ASTRO. Two binder set of excellent astronomy activities and background information. Available through the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. www.astrosociety.org.
Stars of the First People, Dorcas S. Miller. North American Indian constellations and legends. Sadly out of print as of 10/03, but available in many libraries.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy, Christopher G. De Pree. A thorough but gentle introduction to astronomy.
The Stars: A New Way to See Them, H. A. Rey. A different way to see the stars, from the creator of that mischievious monkey Curious George.
Deep Sky Companions: The Messier Objects, Stephen James O'Meara. Designed to be used with a telescope. Provides photographs of all Messier objects, as well as information on where to look for them.
Wow! The Digitalis projector is a true innovation for portable planetaria. It is compact, one-piece and easily transported -- no more multiple cylinders, no more tiny planet pieces or moon magnets. The software it contains increases a hundredfold (maybe more) the capacity of topics we can do in the portable planetarium... Thank you, Digitalis!
— Elizabeth Wiles, (formerly at) Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA