Crash Course – Astronomy – 1: Introduction to Astronomy

This YouTube video defines astronomy, who studies it and how, and covers the basics of astronomical history.

This is the first video of the Crash Course – Astronomy series, hosted by Dr. Phil Plait, known online as the Bad Astronomer (for his website, Bad Astronomy, not as a comment on his knowledge!) From the video description:

Table of Contents:

  • What is Astronomy? 3:00
  • Who Studies Astronomy? 3:50
  • Origins & Developments 6:52

Crash Course – Astronomy Series

Dr. Phil Plait’s Crash Course series in astronomy covers a huge number of astronomical topics, from familiar nearby planets to the furthest reaches of the Cosmos. Episodes are arranged around a single topic, which Plait covers in a friendly and engaging way, suitable for all ages.

While rigorous about the science, Plait brings his excitement of discovery, and awe at the scale and beauty of the universe to the forefront of each talk. Students will definitely look forward to each 10-15 minute episode.

Content warning: nerdly puns.

Crash Course channel on YouTube

Crash Course videos are free to use in classes and by individuals. Funded via Patreon and featuring Hank Green on Anatomy and Physiology and Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer) on Astronomy, the Crash Course series provides an up-to-date look at subjects from experts in their fields, and high-quality animation and production. STEAM topics covered include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Chemistry

Sun Facts Fan

This is a fun craft for children at a solar viewing event. Print out copies of the fan, double-sided. Have them color and decorate as they please. Then fold them up accordian-style along the lines. Finally, gather the folds at one end, and fold over about an inch and tape, clip, or staple to hold it in place.