Review: Celestial Almanack by Jay Ryan

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows thy handywork
~Psalm 19:1

As a family who has always adored looking into the heavens at night and rejoicing in His handiwork, we were thrilled to have the chance to review Jay Ryan's release of the "Celestial Almanack" Vol. 1, No. 1 (January Edition). We received this in e-book format. Mr. Ryan is eager to encourage others to learn about the starry sky. He has extensive background in Classical Astronomy and with publishing educational materials. Some of you may be familiar with Fourth Day Press and Signs and Seasons Homeschool Curriculum. This almanack will be a wonderful addition to that curriculum, but for a newcomer to the Press,like me, it was also very useful.

The "Celestial Almanack" will be a monthly periodical. It is quite timely as 2012 promises to be a very exciting time for sky events. I am not going to give those secrets away here though.

As with any almanack a calendar is included and gives data for each day of the month. It is suggested you compare the data with the rest of the information given throughout the almanack. Next you will learn about the daytime sky before moving onto the evening and nighttime sky. The illustrations and charts are easy to follow, even for a novice. They are bright and beautiful, really capturing the interest of all readers in our household.

The best part of this, was as a family looking up into the heavens and immediately recalling the things we had read and the charts/illustrations we had looked at. We would just be casually getting out the car and one of us would spot a constellation or planet! Questions arise from week to week as we peek out our window throughout the day. When they do, our new first place to go to is our "Celestial Almanack"!

It will soon be time for February's Edition, but there is still time to learn about and enjoy the sky of January. You can find this user-friendly Classical Astronomy Almanack at Curr-Click. Learn how to spot Venus and Jupiter in the evenings of January, 2012, and also find the evening constellations. Learn how to spot Saturn and Mars in the morning sky. 2012 will be a very exciting year for astronomy, so don't miss it! The Celestial Almanack, Vol. I, No. 1, eZine available from CurrClick.