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Individual Lessons from Semester 1

The Constellations and Planets: The Story of the Night Sky

Do you want to be able to find the constellations and planets in the night sky? This presentation comes with the tricks you need to know. Discover the constellations and planets and become familiar with the night sky’s story.

The Constellations and Planets

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Mars - The Haunting RED Planet

 

Mars has long haunted mankind with its red glow and tantalizing proximity. Humans have known about Mars since before recorded history and almost all cultures named it after their gods of war because of its blood red color. Mars boasts a volcano so large that it peeks into space and a canyon so long that it looks like a scar on the planet even from Earth. Oh yea… and we'll talk about Martians.

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Tour the Solar System

Do you need the light-speed tour of the entire solar system all in one lesson? Home School Astronomy Tour Company is able to accommodate you. Only half our solar system is filled with planets. Find out what the other half is full of. Did you know that we are not the only solar system of planets in the galaxy?

Tour the Solar System

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Big is Relative

Find out just how big things really get in space. Be ready to change your definition of what is big!

Big is Relative

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Extreme Phenomena

Explore black holes, white dwarfs, super nova and other unimaginable forces in space.

Extreme Phenomena

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Far

Take an amazing trip around the universe on a plane, the space shuttle and finally a beam of light to understand how far things really are.

Far

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Jupiter and Saturn: The Gas Giants

These two planets are busy. Find out how these planets save the Earth from being hit by comets and asteroids AND maintain their own mysterious mini-solar systems.

Jupiter and Saturn: The Gas Giants

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Manned Space Exploration

Take a trip with the first people to land on the moon and see why the Space Shuttle changed everything about space travel. Explore our plans to go back to the moon and then on to Mars.

Manned Space Exploration

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Pluto and the Edge of the Solar System

Why isn't Pluto a planet anymore? Did it change, or did our understanding of it change? Explore why our "new solar system" has only eight planets AND thousands of previously undiscovered objects like Pluto at the outer edges of the solar system.

Pluto and the Edge of the Solar System

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So You think you Know the Moon

We see the moon in the sky every night, but how well do we know her? Did you know that someday you could look up and never see the moon? Did you know some astronauts volunteered to go and never come back? Explore the many ways the moon affects the Earth and its people. You’ll never see the moon the same again.

So You think you Know the Moon

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The Ice Giants - Uranus and Neptune

There are giant planets of ice in the outer reaches of the solar system. Meet the planets our ancestors’ new nothing about – those you can’t spot in the sky without a telescope. Uranus and Neptune redefine violent weather, beauty and mystery.

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The Mighty Sun and the Cooking of Mercury

The Sun on a beautiful day is peaceful and nurturing. But if you step outside the protection of the Earth's atmosphere the sun becomes a deadly furnace of ignited nuclear fuel. Discover how the Sun affects the Earth with aurora and magnetic storms and take a close up look at the furnace of the Sun where you will find solar tornadoes the size of North America and temperatures of more than 25 million degrees.

 

Lost in the flames of the Sun is the planet Mercury, stripped of everything by the violence of the Sun but none the less speeding around it every 88 days.

The Mighty Sun and the Cooking of Mercury

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The Milky Way and other Galaxies

Our solar system is immense, but it gets lost in the vastness of our Milky Way Galaxy. Look at our place in the galaxy and our galaxy’s place in the universe. Examine the different kinds of galaxies including galaxy collisions and the black holes in the center.

The Milky Way and other Galaxies

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Individual Lessons from Semester 2

Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites

 

Comets are among the most beautiful astronomical objects in our sky, but brought fear to our ancestors when they appeared. Find out what comets are and where they come from in this lesson. What’s the difference between a comet an asteroid and a meteorite? Could one of these objects really hit the Earth? You will know after streaking through the solar system with this lesson.

Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites

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Everything – A Tour of the Universe

 

Do you want to learn about the whole universe in one lesson? Did you know that only a hundred years ago we thought our Milky Way Galaxy was the entire universe? How much of the universe can we really see? Tour the universe with Home School Astronomy and get a sense of where we are located in the grand scheme of the universe and how big the universe really is.

Everything – A Tour of the Universe

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Exoplanets – Planets beyond our Solar System

 

Discovering exoplanets is one of the most exciting fields in astronomy today. We have found thousand of planets besides the ones that circle our Sun now, and planet hunting has reached a fever pitch. What are these other planets like? How do we find them? Are any other planets like the Earth? Explore planets from all over the galaxy orbiting different stars.

Exoplanets – Planets beyond our Solar System

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Home

 

The Earth is our home. How many of us can live here? How unique is the Earth in all the solar system? Investigate what the universe looks like from the surface of the Earth and why we divided our planet up into hemispheres, time zones, longitude and latitude. Find out how we took our first steps into orbit around this big blue marble we call the Earth and what it taught us about our own planet – Home.

Home

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How to REALLY use a Telescope

 

Did you ever wonder how a telescope works? Have you ever wanted to own a telescope but where not sure how to choose the right one for you and your family? How do we get these spectacular pictures of the universe from orbiting telescopes like Hubble and what can we find out about the universe by looking at it in other types of light besides the kind we see?

How to REALLY use a Telescope

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Little Green Men – The Search for Life beyond Earth

 

The age-old question, “Are we alone?” This lesson explores the steps humanity has taken to try and answer that question. How have we inadvertently signaled to the universe that we are here and how have we tried to send purposeful signals? What are some of the difficulties we face in trying to communicate over great distances? Have we had false alarms thinking that we had contacted life on other planets? What would life on other planets have to be like to survive there? Can life that exists on Earth tell us anything about life that might exist on other planets?

Little Green Men – The Search for Life beyond Earth

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Moons of the Solar System

 

Many of the moons in our solar system are more interesting than some of the planets. We have found moons with oceans, volcanoes, geysers and earthquakes. There are moons that look like rocks, sponges and cheese. How many moons are there in the solar system? What is the difference between a moon and a planet? Take a trip around the solar system and see what the moons have to offer your curiosity.

Nebulae

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Robotic Space Exploration

 

We are inspired by human space exploration, but these space robots can go places humans could never go – and for longer periods of time. Much of the exploration we’ve accomplished in the solar system is because of our ability to make robots and send them to explore. They travel as speeds humans could not endure, they don’t need water, heat or food and they don’t need to be entertained - they just work. Explore the many different kinds of robot emissaries we’ve sent into the solar system and what unexpected discoveries they’ve made for us.

Space-Time and Gravity Simplified

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Stars and Star Clusters

 

Stars are the workhorses of the universe and account for most of its mass. They come in many shapes and sizes, some as small as just a few miles across and others that are as large as much of our solar system. Some are hundreds of times hotter than the Sun and others are just a few thousand degrees. When stars start running out of fuel they do some crazy things like explode into supernovae or implode into tightly packed white dwarfs or black holes.

Moons of the Solar System

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Nebulae

 

The most beautiful objects in the universe are nebulae. They come in all shapes and sizes and colors, but what are they really? Learn to differentiate between different kinds of nebulae and find out how they get their names. Why is the galaxy littered with them and do the pictures we see really represent what they would look like if we went there?

Robotic Space Exploration

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Space-Time and Gravity Simplified

 

The universe operates by rules that are not easy to determine. See how we discovered some of the universe’s rules with the understanding of humanity’s greatest minds like Newton and Einstein. Did you know that Space and Time are connected and that large objects actually bend space, because space is a lot like a fabric? See how understanding these rules helps us in everyday life and what the possibilities are to enhance space travel like we’ve never imagined before.

Stars and Star Clusters

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The Edge of Interstellar Space

 

One of the cutting edge areas of astronomy has to do with the where our solar system ends and where interstellar space begins. The Sun’s influence extends much further than we previously thought and we have just started to explore the outer edges of our home solar system with space probes launched in the 1970’s. What kind of objects are out that far from the Sun? Explore the edge of interstellar space with Home School Astronomy.

The Edge of Interstellar Space

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Venus – Approach with Caution

 

Venus is the closest planet to the Earth but could hardly be more different. Spacecrafts melt and are pelted with sulfuric acid rain as they streak to the surface of Venus in pitch black skies. 900 mile an hour winds blow as we try to explore this greenhouse of a planet. When studying Venus it is best to approach it with caution.

Venus – Approach with Caution

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