I have contributed observing plans for a star party to use with youth in each of the four seasons.  These help you work with some common constraints:

  • Bright lighting (expected to be used at community events, at places such as school with property lights on)
  • Young observers (Scout or school audiences)
  • Early evening. I expect to use these on evenings when the Moon does not rise till later. On nights when the Moon is up you could add that; it’s a good target for kids. Because the other targets in this plan are bright, they should work acceptably in the moonlight.

They feature:

  • Bright objects, easy to find and mostly also visible to the kids’ naked  eyes
  • Examples of the major categories of sky objects
  • Fun, large, colorful objects that kids tend to appreciate more than small faint fuzzies

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