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December, 1998
Updated JUNE, 2007


North American Skies
http://home.comcast.net/~sternmann/
GRADE LEVEL: 3-12

CONTENT:
North American Skies, presented by Family Explorer, is a monthly guide to astronomical phenomena occurring over North America. The site includes monthly star charts, calendars, articles, astronomical information, books, links, and more.

AESTHETICS:
The beautiful nebula background makes for an easy-to-read site that puts you in the mood for gazing at the night sky.

ORGANIZATION:
The frames version has a well-organized sidebar to navigate by. The no-frames version has a navigation bar at the top of the main page and the bottom of all other pages.

REVIEW:
Ever look up at the sky and wonder where the constellations are in that huge expanse of stars? If you have, then North American Skies has something to offer you. The site provides help to those who want to search the night sky and know what they are looking at. It is oriented to the novice stargazer and is a good choice for introducing children to astronomy. The site offers star charts, calendars of celestial events, and information about planetary movements, all updated monthly. There is also a monthly article and archive of past articles about interesting astronomical phenomena. For those who want to know more, check out the bookstore for a list of books available on the Internet. Amateur astronomers might check out Telescope 101 for some good information about what to look for when buying a telescope. If you already have your telescope and happen to see some unusual celestial phenomenon out there, then fill out the report form and maybe you'll get it named after you!