The Stargazer’s Club - Family Series
Do you and your family love to look at the night sky, imagining what is out there in the vast universe? Wouldn’t it be fun to be part of a community of stargazers? The Stargazer’s Club is an online community that meets monthly to learn about the cosmos. This club is geared for the whole family, from littlest to adults. Using the course, The Stargazer’s Notebook, as a guide, members of the club will map the night sky, get information about special events, and prove the heliocentric model for the planetary motion.
Each month there will be:
* Taped Video with information about a topic important to stargazers
* Followed by a live Q &A session
* Dates and time for monthly viewing events
* Members Only Facebook Group
* Monthly Sci-Fi Movie and Book Discussion in the Facebook Group.
The taped video can be watched anytime during the month it airs.
What Makes SEA Online Classes Special
The 1st Meeting is September 2nd at 2:30
The first Wednesday of the Month
Class Size: 1-100
Age Range: All ages are welcome in this family class
Price: $15/month – $150 for the year is paid at once
First meeting free.
Each month a different topic will be covered. Each night sky video airs on the first Wednesday of each month. The video will be available for the entire month. The live Q & A session will be held on the 1st Wednesday of the Month.
What comes with the Stargazer’s Club, and how it will work:
- Monthly, there will be a taped science lesson with an activity. The first year of The Stargazer’s Club will follow and build on the lessons from the course I wrote entitled The Stargazer’s Notebook.
- Monthly, there will be a live Q&A session on the first Wednesday of every month at 2:30 PST.
- Monthly, I will put a PDF on Teachable with what is going on in the night sky for the upcoming month. This will go up the last Wednesday of every month, for the upcoming month, unless Wednesday is the last day of the month, in which case it will go out 1 week before that.
- Monthly about 1-week after the taped video goes out, I will post 3 activities, one each for families, older students/adults, and elementary aged to younger children. That gives plenty of time to complete lesson that goes with the taped content before getting other suggested activities.
- Monthly sci-fi movie club: There will be a suggested movie to watch and we will discuss it in our Facebook group.
- Facebook Group: This is only open to dues paying members of the Stargazer’s Club. There will be discussion around astral events. Those are so much more fun when you have a community to talk to about those. We will share books and resources, including those our children are reading.
- The tools you need: This can be as high-tech or low-tech as fits your family and pocketbook. I am more of the low-tech type. I have tried more high-end viewing apparatuses, and they are rarely worth the effort it took to lug them out to watch. Even light weight binoculars are hard to keep steady without a tri-pod.
September: Mapping the Night Sky through Earth’s Rotation
October: Mapping the Moon
November: A Viewing Guide to Stars and Planets
December: Meteor Showers
January: Modeling the Parallax Shift
February: Light Pollution
March: Equinoxes & Solstices – the What & the Why
June: Light Pollution
July: Back to the Parallax Shift – What does my star map look like now?
August: The Science of Auroras
In addition to these topics, each month we will cover what can be seen that month.
Texts: A copy of Blair Lee’s book The Stargazer’s Notebook (ISBN 978-0-9977963-5-3)
To interact in class: Live sessions will be best experienced with a camera and microphone. Family’s will need a Zoom account (free).
1 hour per month, and then the rest is up to you!
Participants will learn about the science explaining what they are seeing in the night sky.
Participants will learn how to map the night sky.
Participants will learn how to use the basic tools astronomers use for field work.
Scientific modeling and the scientific method will be discussed and incorporated throughout.
Families and learners are welcome to share any information in our private Stargazer’s Club group.