“God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.” Genesis 1:16 NIV
Whenever our family studies astronomy I am reminded of this verse in Genesis. As I look up into the night sky I marvel at how many stars and planets exist out there that I can see, not to mention the many more I cannot see with my naked eye. My youngest has always been fascinated by the night sky as well as the sun during the daytime hours. Recently I was provided a copy of Classical Astronomy’s February ezine issue of the Celestial Almanack. It is a 21 page illustrated ezine that portrays a monthly view of what is happening with the sun, stars and planets during the current month as well as the signs that are occurring in the sky during the season with a Christian viewpoint. The ezine can be read and studied as is or as a supplement to the Classical Astronomy’s Signs & Seasons curriculum.
Although I cannot give you my views on it based on using the Signs & Seasons curriculum, I can give you my view about this ezine as a standalone product.
In the February issue you can learn about various constellations you can see with the naked eye including most prominently, Orion, which happens to be my favorite constellation. You will learn about some of the planets such as Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. Not having read the Celestial Almanack I would never known that in February we could start to watch as Jupiter and Venus draw close to each other high in our sky above the horizon nor had realized ow very bright they are compared to our sun and moon. In Celestial Almanack you can explore the various phases of the moon and signs of the season. The February issue begins with a discussion about the leap year. You will find very specific information, both described as well as illustrated, about the positioning of the sun, moon, stars and planets during the current month as well as a discussion about what to expect in the skies. You are not required to have anything but your own unaided vision to benefit from the information provided to you. I found the current issue to be very informative as did my children. Rather than having to explore and research on our own, the information was well laid out and well documented so that we could focus on what was currently happening as well as what to expect throughout the rest of the month. Knowing that God created everything and then learning what we do know about the sun, moon, stars and planets just makes it even more incredible.
The author is very passionate about the wonders of the sky and it is clearly conveyed through the material in the issue we received. The issue contains wonderful illustrations of what to expect when you view the night sky during the current month of February. Celestial Almanack is definitely worth receiving either as a supplement to your science curriculum or as a standalone product so you and your children can learn more about the night sky each month.
You can purchase a PDF download of the current issue for $3.00 from Currclick.
You can find our about Celestial Almanack as well as other products by visiting Fourth Day Press’s Classical Astronomy website.
In addition, you can also read what my fellow TOS Crew members also had to say about Celestial Almanack by viewing our blog post.
Note: I received a download copy of the Celestial Almanack for free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew in order to provide an honest review for my readers.