Astronomy Day is Near!

Astronomy allows us to see the history of the universe with our own eyes.

International Astronomy Day is an annual event in the United States intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups, and professionals. This year it falls on May 16, so what better way to prepare for this celebration than some astro things from Nasco?

Start with the spectacles in the sky closest to us. How about a poster of the planets? Nasco’s Solar System Planets Poster (SB48885M) is a stunning representation of the solar system. Relative size and distance are explained, along with the moons of each planet. Another great poster of the planets is our Planet Poster (SB42980M), which shows the correlated distance between the sun and planets, as well as the size of each. Would you like a separate poster for each planet? We have that as well. The Planets Poster Set (SB21311M) uses NASA photos or artists’ drawings to take us on a journey through the solar system. Includes 8 posters and teacher’s guide.

Nasco’s Phases of the Moon Poster (SB37751M) or the jumbo size version (SB49897M) bring the phases of our closest planet right into your room. The Milky Way Galaxy Poster (SB47101M) shows a new and different view of our galaxy, with detailed information and insights developed by a university astronomer about our ever-changing home in space.

Moving through the galaxy, you can share science’s greatest discoveries with Bill Nye in Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye: Astronomy DVD (SB40844M). This popular DVD covers Einstein’s theory of general relativity, demonstrates how the Hubble Telescope determined that the universe is expanding, and explains phenomena such as quasars and pulsars.

The If We Had No Moon (SB44587M) DVD shows how an ancient rogue planet collided with Earth millions of years ago and created our moon, and what life would be without it. An epic three-part DVD series to get you excited about the stars and beyond is Man vs. the Universe Set (SB51173M). This miniseries unveils an unprecedented era of space exploration that is happening right now.

And for the true astronomy lover, nothing is more fun and educational than the How the Universe Works 9 pk. DVD Set (SB51170M). Explore the giants of our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, and the universe beyond. An expert panel of astronomers, astrophysicists, and planetary scientists reveal the inner workings of our vast universe.

Hands-on studies and equipment are truly the best way to explore the stars and beyond. The Constellation Globe (SB28577M) is a two-way illuminated globe: Turn the light off and brilliant lithography delineates the firmament’s stars, constellations, and nebulae; turn the light on and witness the luminous beauty of over 70 celestial images.

Our Transparent Celestial Globe (SA02872M) fully rotates, showing principal stars to the 5th magnitude. And our Transparent Color-Coded Star Globe (SB49116M) depicts the constellations, Milky Way, and major stars in three dimensions.

No celebration of Astronomy Day is complete without a telescope to check out the stars. Nasco has a number of styles to meet your astral needs.

To begin your celestial search, use the Luminous Star Finder with Zodiac Dial (SA09162M). For more serious night sky watchers, Nasco has a great selection of telescopes for the novice as well as the seasoned astronomer.

The Celestron® 80LCM Computerized Telescope (SB51153M) features “TheSkyX – First Light Edition” astronomy software with a 10,000-object database, printable sky maps, and 75 enhanced images; the database allows the telescope to locate over 4,000 celestial objects.

The Celestron® PowerSeeker® Telescope (SB48930M) is the perfect combination of quality, value, features, and power for the first-time user. The Celestron® National Park Foundation FirstScope (SB51155M) is a great introduction to the hobby of astronomy; it doesn’t get much simpler or more portable than this tabletop Dobsonian design. Just insert an eyepiece and you’re ready to view the moon, planets, nebulae, and more. Visit our astronomy pages online for more detailed explanations of these and many other practical, quality reflector and refractor telescopes.

Come visit our Science catalog at enasco.com for all your Astronomy – and Science – needs.

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