Observing Journal

A Year with Sun and Moon

An observing journal without any need for a telescope! Confront common misconceptions about the cause of seasons on Earth and the cycle of the Moon’s phases. As a real scientist, collect observational data throughout the year and then use the journal’s activities to help understand all the patterns in the data! Test your initial hypotheses about the motions of the Sun and the Moon against the information you’ve gathered.

The initial campaign for this project rain from March 24th to April 21st. Although it did not reach its funding goal, it was a helpful and essential step towards making this journal happen. Check out the full project page and updates at www.kickstarter.com/projects/cgsunit/a-year-with-sun-and-moon-student-observing-journal. Below is the introduction section:

First of all, thanks for finding out more about this project, we’re really glad to have you here! There currently exists no observing journal fully accessible to students in middle school and above that targets the most common scientific misconceptions about the Sun and the Moon. We, Lauren Woolsey and Doug Ferrer, are incredibly excited to bring this project to life. When people think of amateur astronomy, they typically picture someone in some dark, remote location with an expensive telescope. But so much can be learned just from the two brightest objects in the sky–the Sun and Moon–with no equipment or training from anywhere in the world!

In A Year With Sun and Moon, readers will discover for themselves a number of surprising facts about astronomy and the solar system using only their own observations! Find answers to questions like:

  • What causes the Earth’s seasons?
  • Do you cast a shadow at noon?
  • Why does the length of a day change?
  • Can you see the Moon during the day?
  • Why does the Moon have phases?

A Year with Sun and Moon will teach readers how to do science, but it is not a textbook. Science is not a set of facts you memorize. It is a systematic way of answering questions. The only real way to learn science is to do it yourself! We will walk readers through gathering their own observations, making a model, and checking their own model against the data–actual science the way scientists do it! The best part is that readers will be able to do all of this without any need for special equipment, training, or advanced math. All you need are your eyes and the journal we’re writing just for you.


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