EDUCATION OF ASTRONOMY BY JAS'MIN SUTTON
The Education of Astronomy has a lot of information to learn, it hard to take in from Solar Dynamics, pictures, Gamma-Rays and much much more. because it is not really know when ar where Astronomy came from. each cuture has different reasons why something is named after a God, or how a star came to be, these are a few site that will either help you understand or lead you to the correct path. Also try this web site http://www.dmoz.org/Science/Astronomy/Education/ you will find a ton of others (including these) that well better explain the education of astronomy! check out the pictures at the bottom!

By: Magic Lantern, hosted by HilderBuild
http://www.astronomyinyourhands.com/
Date read: 12/13/2008
Audience: everyone (children)
Brief Description: This web page is small; do not look big enough to give a lot of information. However, once you enter the links like Star Wheel it provides you with and introduction educating you about the wheel, the features are really helpful. The site even gives you a picture of the star wheel! The best think about the site is that it contains other links to other sites for additional resources about astronomy.
Overall Review: This web page is small, but impressive; I think it is some for the people with little knowledge about the subject matter. Seems a little childish. It also contains fun activities, but again it does seem childish.
My Opinion: even though the site is geared at every one I would say it is for children, the activities are more educated for children.

By: The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
http://www.cis.rit.edu/~jnspci/AAE/

Date read: 12/13/2008
Audience: everyone from children to professionals
Brief Description: This web page contains both pictures and information, also very colorful. It gives dates of past and future events. NSTA contains PRESENTATIONS, Solar Dynamics Observatory, and Technology Insight Lab to support your inquiry-based teaching of astronomy/space science. The what’s up page gives a lot of activities which is good for anyone who enjoys and want to teach astronomy.
Overall Review: This web page is very impressive, I think it has something for everyone, it gives information for those who like to read, and some fun activities for those who want to play around and learn about astronomy. The best think about this site is that you do not need any extra knowledge for this site; it’s not hard to following.
My Opinion: I think this site is much updated; the education from the history of astronomy to the future of astronomy is useful.

By: Dr Jamie Love
http://www.synapses.co.uk/astro/index.html

Date read: 12/13/2008
Audience: professionals or students
Brief Description: The name of this site is Principles of Astronomy created by Dr. Jamie Love the manner that this site is displayed is some grown up. Almost as if Dr. Love is a teacher. This site has the same goal as Astronomy Teacher site; to provide information for the class. Still the information is useful.
Overall Review: This web page is very, very impressive, although it is not for everyone, it is for college students. If I was taking astronomy I would visit this site. It gives information about The Earth’s Motion and study guides for the lessons.
My Opinion: YOU HAVE TO SEE IT! This teacher is great! Learn from it!

By: Heavenly Mathematics & Cultural Astronomy (GEK1506) http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/teaching/heavenly.shtml
Date read: 12/13/2008
Audience: everyone
Brief Description: This web page is ALWSOME! It’s called Heavenly for a reason, it has the history, astrology, cartography and the coolest one of all BAD ASTRONOMY AND PSEUDOSICENCE. This tab will break down a lot of false information.
Overall Review: This site rocks! I like it; it has a lot of information on different people. Go check it out!
My Opinion: I don’t think this site is updated; still in all the education is still use full.

By Responsible NASA Official: Phil Newman
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/history_gamma.html

Date read: 12/13/2008
Audience: everyone
Brief Description: This web page is called The History OF Gamma-Ray Astronomy which is made by NASA. Therefore I would say it correct. The site is mainly about the history of Gamma-Rays. It shows pictures of gamma rays and gives dates.
Overall Review: This site is very informal, a little information over load!
My Opinion: Lot of information, but wroth using for a report and because it is a lot of information, I think it is best understood in sections! Once you are done try the “quiz me” tab







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Kepler's Mystery of the Cosmos (Mysterium Cosmographicum), 1596
Kepler's Mystery of the Cosmos (Mysterium Cosmographicum), 1596

Johannes Kepler's Polyhedra

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Kepler's logical approach to polyhedra does not mean that he was free of the mysticism of the day. The following illustration, from his 1619 book, Harmonice Mundi, graphically shows the Platonic associations of the regular solids with the classical elements: The tetrahedron corresponds to fire, the octahedron to air, the cube to earth, the icosahedron to water, and the dodecahedron to the cosmos or ether:
= =====external image kepler-poly.jpgexternal image kepler-d.jpgexternal image kepler-rd.jpgThe lower-left portion of the above figure illustrates Kepler's two star polyhedra, the small stellated dodecahedron and the great stellated dodecahedron. Although earlier illustrations of these solids exist, Kepler was the first to recognize them as meeting the definition of regular polyhedra, but with nonconvex pentagram faces. (An earlier mosaic of the small stellated dodecahedron is attributed to Uccello and an earlier drawing of the great stellated dodecahedron appears in the work of Jamnitzer.) Kepler saw them from a deeper perspective, and in recognition, we now refer to these as Kepler solids.=====


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The lower-right portion of the above figure illustrates the disassembly of two rhombic solids which Kepler discovered: the rhombic dodecahedron and the rhombic triacontahedron. (An illustration of an approximation to the triacontahedron is clear in one of Jamnitzer's monuments drawn fifty years earlier, but Kepler certainly had a much deeper understanding of the triacontahedron's structure and its relationships to other polyhedra.) Below, left, Kepler shows how a dodecahedron can be constructed by adding "roofs" to the six sides of a cube (the construction which Euclid uses). Below, right, is how Kepler constructs a rhombic dodecahedron analogously. These figures are from his book Epitome of Copernican Astronomy.

In, Harmonice Mundi, Kepler also defined the class of convex uniform polyhedra which we call the Archimedean solids, unfamiliar with the fact that Archimedes had defined the class already. All of these polyhedra except one (the snub dodecahedron, number 13 at the bottom right below) had already appeared in the work of various Renaissance artists. But those artists were haphazard, and wrote as if there could be an infinite number of related polyhedra which they were selecting from. Kepler's important contribution was to define this class of polyhedra and systematically explore it, to find all its members and prove his set was complete. In doing so, he realized that the prisms and antiprisms belong to the same class, since at each vertex the same combination of regular polygons meet.
In my view, a most artistic contribution of Kepler is to be found in his model of the solar system. Kepler proposed that the distance relationships between the six planets known at that time could be understood in terms of the five Platonic solids. His 1596 book, Mysterium Cosmographicum, proposed the model illustrated below, in which one Platonic solid fits between each pair of planetary spheres. (Note the use of Leonardo's style of open faces.)