Astronomy Education Resources

Basic astronomy/general interest

Constellations and astronomy of different cultures

Multiple cultures (Bibliography, not weblinks)


Ancient Egyptian




Halloween Astronomy

The Celts/Celtic Mythology

Cross-Quarter Days (Has links to more info on all four Celtic festivals.)


Precession of the Equinoxes


Moon (Luna)

Hubble Space Telescope


History of astronomy/important astronomers

Electromagnetic spectrum (Click on the “electromagnetic spectrum” link under the “Science” heading.)

Debunking astrology

Astronomy Activities Making a sundial. Making a sextant. Using an Astrolabe.

Shows/fixed domes/planetarium products

Recommended Reading

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.

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.