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The Classroom Astronomer Magazine was
a quarterly PDF publication designed
as a practitioner
journal for classroom
teachers of astronomy.
While centered at the
high school level, it
also provides tips,
articles for teachers
of grades K-8 and
"Astro 101" courses.
The magazine's mission was to
increase the amount of
astronomy in the
school systems and
improve the skills of
TCA was published from 2009 until 2015.
All 23 issues are available for purchase in PDF format; purchase in the Hermograph Store.
Classroom Astronomer Newsletter
Homepage or read and subscribe directly here.
A twice-monthly Inbox Magazine, emailed straight to your Inbox, covering many
of the same topics as the magazine, starting May 2021. The newsletter
Articles on useful educational software and other areas of interest,
Astronomical Teachniques, tips and methods to teach specific topics,
Services and other items that connect teachers and students to sky events and objects (Connections to the Sky),
And the RAP Sheet--items found in scholarly research that you can use now.
Designed for use for all levels of astronomy educators, including
the pandemically virtual home teachers and home schoolers, and anyone
who wants more than just a "Wow, what's up in the sky?" news briefing.
Other columns and articles have or will include, for example, a
column on the
astronomy in the Next Generation Science Standards and remote
observatories you can use for personal or class observations. Many
from the most recent astronomy and astronomy education world
conferences! Written by longtime astronomer, journalist and educator Dr.
TCAN requires a subscription. TCA Lite is free and contains about half the material of the Full Subscription journal.
The Galactic Times Newsletter
Homepage or read and subscribe directly here
A twice-monthly Inbox Magazine on astronomy that covers Sky News and
Events and Astronomy in Everday Life, from May 2021, and that:
Brings the most interesting news stories (This Just In) which connect to the current night sky
A textual and visual two-week Sky Planning Calendar,
with Moon-Gazing using the Moon's wanderings to find the planets and other objects,
Observing-- Plan-et notes on the Planets and events, our anti-horoscope musings in Border Crossings, and For the Future helping you plan for events comeing soon, and more.
Other articles include quirky findings of Astronomy in Everyday Life, and articles on other facets of the Universe.
Many stories come from the latest news in world astronomy conferences
and journals. Unlike in mass media, all the stories are authoritatively
written by astronomer, journalist and educator Dr. Larry Krumenaker.
Materials for Education, and Fun
That Tells Time!
your Rolex. This timepiece is solar powered!
TWO Dials, for Standard
Time and for Daylight
for adjusting for the
month and variable
position of the Sun.
- Useful for
Design on a Sunny Yellow, 50-50 T-Shirt
For more information on the shirt and sundials in general, click HERE.
To purchase, go to the Hermograph Store.
Easy Gas Tube Spectrum Viewer!
viewer designed by an
astronomy teacher for ease
in seeing and identifying
element and molecular
spectra from gas tubes. With improved spectra!
to use than hand
spectra...no eye straining."
For more information on the Viewer click HERE. To purchase, go to the Hermograph Store.
Where is the United Federation of Planets?
A two-sided mini-poster charting the 43 real objects mentioned in the entire collection of Star Trek
series and movies. On one side are the objects plotted on
galactic scales, indeed, using the list of objects is a good educational
assignment! On the obverse is a chart showing where all the objects
are in Earthly skies. Sprinkle your sky talks with Star Trek
interest by pointing out Spock's homeworld
and the stars nearest the borders of the Romulans, Klingons, and
Andorians! Which stars are also known to have exoplanets are listed as
well as their Star Trek lore.
Based on an article from TCA Issue 18 (article included!); purchase in the Hermograph Store.
Walking the Line (2014)
Rediscovering and Touring the Civil War Defenses on Modern Atlanta's Landscapes
What kept General Sherman out of Atlanta for six weeks when he had
superior numbers of forces? An encircling line of 36 cannon forts and
defensive lines between them. They never fell, they were abandoned when
the Confederates realized they could not get supplies when all the rail
lines were cut. The Union forces admired them, then left town on
Sherman's March, and the forts were soon forgotten.
"Walking the Line" tells you where you can go by foot, bike and car to
find the locations of the lines and forts, including those places where,
if you know what to look for, you can still see their remains.
Complete with maps, photos, and directions!
The Colonia Tour Book (2017)
Visit the ancient city of Colonia Claudia Ara
Agrippinensium, aka CCAA or Colonia, the ancient Roman provincial
capital city that became today's Cologne, Germany. This 5.x8
wire-bound guidebook leads you on six walking or streetcar/tram trails
to see Colonia's remains: streets, harbor island, forts and city
wall (still around in parts from more than 1500 years ago!), building
ruins above and below ground, what's left of its aqueduct that brought
water to the city (and was the longest Rome ever made), cemeteries and
graves, and guard towers. English language (German is coming!)
Nine Days Traveling (2020)
In 1825 the Marquis de Lafayette, during the course of
a one-year tour of the United States, visited the new state of Alabama,
his first time west of the Appalachian Mountains. For nine days he
journeyed along the Federal Road, one of the first government-made roads
connecting the far ends of the nation, through the Creek Nation still
existing but actually doomed to cease, and down the Alabama River on one
of the earliest steam boats. Where did he go? If he did the trip
today, what would he see? What would be the same? What would be
different? And how would you follow along with him on modern roads?
"Nine Days Traveling" is your guidbook to the 37 places and the route
Lafayette took through the state, with driving directions, modern maps,
over 100 photographs, walking tour maps, and side trips, from the banks
of the Chattachoochee River near Georgia's Fort Benning to Montgomery,
then down to once French/English/Spanish Mobile city and Mobile Point on
the Gulf of Mexico.