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These Pages are very much a work in progress - I would value comments on them, particularly from parents. Some of the animations are missing or unfinished.

Sam, his Lighthouse and the Night Sky


Sam and his Mum and Dad and brother and sister live in an old lighthouse, forty eight metres tall. It has lots of rooms but they are all on different floors and there is no lift so they are all very fit.

Sam is very interested in astronomy. He has his own astronomical telescope but he is most interested in “naked eye astronomy”, what you can see in the Night Sky without a telescope. To Sam and many other people the Night Sky is the most wonderful sight in the world, but if you are only just beginning to look at it you can get an app for your tablet or phone (Sam uses Planets for his iPad with his friends but there are similar apps for Android) which will help you to find your way around it.

Sam is very sad that today you can learn about stars, planets, galaxies and black holes at school without once being required to look at the Night Sky. When his friends come round he often explains the Night Sky to them by showing them what they can see from the old helicopter pad on top of the lighthouse (now with safety railings round it of course!) or playing games with them.

Each Page builds on the ones before it, so if you are new to the Night Sky you might prefer to read one Page at a time, and the Pages in order. But you can also use this Index to go straight to any Page: if you cannot understand something on one Page you can always follow the link to the Page where it is explained.

Sam knows more about the Night Sky than most other sub-teen children, and these Pages are written mostly for children of his own age, but I have added links to some of my own Pages for parents and teachers and older children if the maths or science or history gets a little too difficult for Sam to explain - after all he is only twelve! - such a Page is marked FPTO.

This Site is really only about Naked Eye Astronomy for children; if you are a budding astronomer or astronaut who wants to know more about the things we have discovered in the sky since the telescope was invented (in about 1600 CE) here is a really Wonderful Site just for you.

© Barry Gray June 2019
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