The 2008 Great World Wide Star Count begins today. Amateur and pro skywatchers can go outside, check out a constellation, compare it with one of UCAR’s (University Corporation for Atmospheric Reasearch) charts, then report what you see online. Last year the event drew over 6,600 observations on 7 continents, and the project is hoping to double that amount this year. Running until November 3, the count helps scientists map pollution while forcing all of us to be able to identify something besides Orion.
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If you’re looking for a cool educational gift for a kid (or adult) this holiday season, we suggest the Illuminated Rotating Universe Tabletop Globe. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s quite self-explanatory: the globe has a built-in motor allowing it to rotate constantly (this feature can be shut off). And it automatically lights up in the dark—displaying an accurate view of the astronomical night sky, including 88 constellations! Cool! The multi-tasking globe measures 12.5"L x 12.5"W x 17"H, and earns rave customer reviews on the Discover Channel Store’s website. Who wouldn’t love this? Available for $90 USD.
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