Presentation Descriptions

September 29th, 2016 by Joan Galat

Dot to Dot in the Sky Literacy – Author presentations that build reading and writing skills When it comes to helping students find the joy in reading and writing, the sky’s the limit for astronomy author, storyteller, and freelance writer, Joan Marie Galat. In lively presentations that blend facts, storytelling, self-editing, and writing tips, Joan […]

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It’s amazing to think how much scientists learn about the stars by studying starlight. They use it to find out the temperature, size, and lifetime of stars. As well as examining visible light, scientists gather information by studying radio waves, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, and x-rays. This generates information on stars’ composition, location, and movement. Astronomers […]

Find Polaris

September 17th, 2014 by Joan Galat

The oldest known map was written on a Babylonian clay tablet in about 2300 BC. People have appreciated how knowledge can be conveyed through maps for a very long time! Early diagrams on paper were drawn by hand but before mass production was possible, most people needed other methods to find their way around. Verbal […]

One of the fascinating things about looking skyward at night is realizing that every time you look at a star, you’re really seeing how it looked in the past. Light from celestial objects travels great distances before it reaches us. Proxima Centauri is the nearest star to the Sun and seven times smaller than it. Even though light travels 300,000 […]

Astronomy Events

August 16th, 2014 by Joan Galat

Upcoming night sky occasions and events: October 4, 2014 – Astronomy Day October 17-26, 2014 –  Jasper Dark Sky Festival July 1, 2015 – Traveling close to one million miles per day, the New Horizons mission flies by Pluto. September 19, 2015 – International Observe the Moon night