"We have always a resource in the skies. They are constantly turning a new
page to view. The wind sets the types in this blue ground, and the
inquiring may always read a new truth."
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
"My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky."
- The Rainbow, William Wordsworth
"Night is a shadow world. The only shadows we see at night are cast by the
moonlight, or by artificial light, but night itself is a shadow."
- Soul of the Sky, Diane Ackerman
Visit the Sandburg Sky Poetry Web
page, including CSMS student-authored sky poems.
As of 11 SEP 2000,
days 'til 31 DEC 2000, the actual new
11 SEP 2000
Real-time image courtesy SOHO; sunspot
number courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Updated: 10 SEP 2000
Sandburg Center for Sky Awareness
A Fairfax County Public Schools Planetarium
Themes for 1999-2000
Are you aware that the sky is on the
Huh? Look, listen (with RealPlayer), and enjoy the online version
of the following sky awareness radio programs:
Weather Notebook, A Radio Show about Weather and Everyday Life from
the Mount Washington Observatory (home of the world's worst weather).
radio--the longest-running science feature in the country--is the daily
astronomy-related radio program produced by the McDonald Observatory,
University of Texas.
- Earth & Sky @World of
Science includes a link to "Tonight's Sky," featuring a sky chart
generated by Starry Night Deluxe.
- Do you remember how the sky looked this morning? How does it look now?
Visit the WeatherNet4 News Cam Web site to see the current
skyscape in Washington, D.C. You can also access the last 12 hours of
archived images, captured every 15 minutes (Netscape 4.x required).
Your Sky-Q (astronomy-related)
- Look Up!
Quiz and Sky Awareness Activities (weather-related)
- Clouds, clouds, and more clouds! And even more clouds!
- Assuming the sky is cloud-free, approximately how many stars are
visible in the night sky? Well, as you can see from a Light Pollution Map of the
Washington, D.C. Area, that depends upon where you live. Fact of the
matter is, in the most light-polluted areas of the region, only the
25-or-so brightest stars are visible! See what you're missing: visit
your local planetarium.
- Snowflakes - A Thematic Approach
provides K-12 teachers with a flurry of ideas for using snow to deliver
interesting and exciting interdisciplinary instruction perfect for the
- Annotated links to a variety of other sky
Celebrate twice if you like, but 31 DEC 1999/01 JAN 2000 is
neither the end of the 20th century/beginning of the 21st
century, nor the beginning of the new millenium! The end of
the 20th century and the start of the new millennium are at the same time:
that moment between 31 DEC 2000 at 11:59:59 p.m. and 01 JAN 2001 at
This is simply because we started counting years with the number ONE, so
the beginning of decades, centuries, millennia, and other time units is at
the beginning of a year ending with a ONE, e.g., 2001.
For more information, visit the United
States Naval Observatory Web site, then follow the hyperlink to
- From NASA and the Exploratorium, two great new Web sites: Solar Max
2000, Your Guide to the Year of the Active Sun; and Auroras 2000,
Your Guide to the Northern and Southern Lights.
- Sunspots and the Solar
Cycle (including today's sunspot number, What is "The Solar
Cycle?", and many other interesting features)
- From the Space Environment Center, the NOAA Space Weather
Scales were introduced in November 1999 as a way to communicate to the
general public the current and future space weather conditions and their
possible effects on people and systems. Analogous to hurricanes,
tornadoes, and earthquakes, the Space Weather Scales have numbered levels
that convey severity.
- Ask Mr. Sunspot - This
is one of those frames sites where you'll have to navigate to the
resource. Click on "Mr. Sunspot" in the "Sections" menu (left column).
- The Space Weather Bureau
- Auroras -
Paintings in the Sky
- What is ultraviolet (UV) radiation? Part of the Electromagnetic
- The Ultraviolet Index
(UV Index) overview, including a link to EPA's new SunWise School Program
regarding Sun safety; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Ozone Depletion
and UV Radiation; EPA's Ozone
Depletion Home Page; Sunburn Cam,
courtesy Discovery Channel Online.
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