These are all free to download, print, and even edit if you wish - you can even include your club's logo! - but we do ask one thing: if you do use these at your event, just remember to mark that you used NSN materials in your club's event log after its over.
Now, on to our most popular handouts below:
Can You See The Flag On The Moon?
This handout (and the related activities about magnification vs resolution) are great ways to explain what exactly can be seen on the Moon from binoculars and telescopes in just one page.
Celestial Treasure Hunt
Give this Celestial Treasure Hunt handout to your star party visitors before they tour the telescopes so they can hunt for different types of astronomical objects during the evening.
Head's Up! It's a Meteor Shower
Meteor showers are great fun, especially when viewed with groups. This handout lists essential information about meteors and when and how to spot them, and is appropriate for all audiences
Lives of Stars: Handout and Banner
Discover the life cycle of stars and when supernovae happen with this activity and handout.
Skywatcher's Guide to the Moon:
Follow the moon in the sky after the eclipse! Use this moon map to identify some of its most famous features, find out where the astronauts landed, and what fills its "seas."
Star Map: Trip Around the Triangle
This activity and handout is a great way to organize a star party, and gives your visitors context to what they will be viewing as they tour the telescopes and observe a variety of naked-eye and telescopic treats that occupy the Summer Triangle.
Telescopes as Time Machines Passport
This "Passport Through Time" handout shows the difference between each of three different distance categories: within our Solar System, within the Milky Way, and within the rest of the universe.
Worlds of the Solar System: Scale Model
This is a companion handout to our scale model activity. Your audiences can see for themselves how the various sizes of the planets compare to one another. They can even cut the planets out from this handout to make their own solar system model!
Star Maps; Where Are the Planets?
Want to know what's up in our Solar System? Use a star map and mark the current locations of the planets and Moon along the ecliptic for your own reference! Your visitors can mark the location of the planets they view with you tonight on these handy maps.
We will add more handouts to this list as they are created. Clear skies!
Last Updated: July 21, 2020
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