Air pollution, light pollution, and frequent cloudy weather make many urban areas, including New York City not very supportive places to live for a budding astronomer. However, even in New York the mysteries of space, and the science of astronomy never fail to capture the imaginations of some in each generation. In fact, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, grew up in the Bronx. So, in the hope of encouraging one of our students to be prepared to step in when Dr. Tyson is ready to retire, here are a few of resources that will support her or his space fever:
- Astronomy for Kids – a “free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of
- Stellarium – a free downloadable planetarium for your home computer. “It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.”
- NASA Education – NASA commits loads of resources to educating the public about space exploration. Of special interest at this site are the links, For Educators, For Students, and NASA Kid’s Club.