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These Pages are under construction - I would value comments on them, particularly from parents.

Please forgive the very poor quality of the animations, I am only a beginner at producing animated pictures for the web, but I am working on them.

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.

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 it you can always follow the link back 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.

© Barry Gray April 2019
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