It is often hard for us in the modern world to think about what the night sky must have looked like in the past without out all the light pollution but it still fascinates us. There are times when it can even make us uneasy. There are so many different things to see and there are lots of things that we can turn into learning opportunities.
One of the biggest things that you can look at are the different constellations in our night sky. There are several different apps, newsletters, and websites to help us know what to look for in our location because the night sky is always unique to where you are. Midnightkite.com has some free PDF charts that you can download to get you started. On the Weather Underground site you can input your zip code to get a chart for your night sky.
One of the most talked about items in the night sky is the moon. It phases from not visible to being a full disc. For something that makes no light of its own it certainly gets our attention. We know that it affects the tides but there are lots of people who also feel that it influences our moods or behavior. To find out more about the phases of the moon you can check out MoonConnections.com. You can follow this Google + link with the Schoolhouse Review Crew to a link up to a moon phase flip book to use with your children.