Fourth Day Press has created a great Celestial Almanack as a companion guide to their Signs and Seasons Curriculum. You do not need to have used or be using that curriculum to benefit from these ezines.
I received the Feb 2012 Celestial Almanack to review. This ezine is really neat. It covers so many things happening in the sky this month. As soon as I got it, I downloaded it to my Kindle Fire, and it is so easy to access there. The pictures are amazing with just enough detail to not overwhelm a beginner (like me).
I have always loved the night sky, to me the stars are just mesmerizing. I have no knowledge of anything. I mean I can tell you where the moon is, and occasionally find the big dipper or little dipper. Tommy has always been interested in the sky. In fact he owns 2 telescopes. He has some star finder wheels. We have never really used them. They are just a, this is here, that is there kind of thing. This 21 page Almanack is so much more that that. You will learn the how and why.
There are all kinds of things from an Astronomical Calendar to Signs of the Seasons to the Dance of the Planets, and Seasonal Skies.
The Feb issue talks about leap year (this year is a leap year you know?) and why we have it. Who decided on it and more. Did you know what else is on Feb 2nd, besides Groundhogs Day? The Almanack tell you. (hint: It has to do with the dedication of baby Jesus.)
It also discusses how Jupiter and Venus are going to pass each other in March and where to watch for them growing closer together this month.
From the phases of the moon to what to watch for each night. This
book whoops almanack is packed full of information. You do not need anything else to use it. Everything can be seen with the naked eye.
Most of these things have to be done at night. What we decided to do is incorporate it into our bedtime routine. It makes it take longer, but we have really been enjoying it.
These almanacks are just $3.00 per issue. That’s less than some gossip magazine and you will get so much enjoyment out of it.
The Almanack is sold through Currclick and is available for instant download. So you won’t miss anything by purchasing it a few days into February.
A few details: These almanacks will only be accurate for you if you are in the Northern Hemisphere. Also, they do build onto each other. You do not need to have read the previous months, but it will build your knowledge.
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