Many people think seasons are caused by changing distance between the Earth and Sun, an idea that can be reinforced by misleading textbook diagrams. But that’s not the case.
To help set the record straight, CfA experts designed the ThinkSpace (Thinking Spatially about the Universe) program to address long-held misconceptions about the cycle of the seasons by focusing on spatial thinking. This fall, through a collaboration with Cambridge Public Schools (CPS), they’re letting local students in on the science.
On the 21st of August, 2017, there will be a Solar Eclipse. Along a swath of the US from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeast, the Eclipse will appear as "total," meaning that the sky will acutally go dark, during the day, for a couple of minutes as the Moon passes exactly between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow. (In other parts of the US, there will be "partial" eclipse, which is also impressive to watch with the right equipment.)
Two great tours have been made using WorldWide Telescope to explain the 2017 Eclipse.
Read about the NSF-funded collaboration between Bucknell, Harvard and Microsoft is building better tools to introduce astronomical essentials. http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/2016/november/astronomy-and-education-team-brings-the-universe-down-to-earth.html
What’s New in the American Astronomical Society WorldWide Telescope (September 2016)
Most of the work under the AAS has been to migrate the advanced visualization functionality and tour authoring capability of the Windows Desktop Client to the Web Client, powered by WebGL. This new web architecture uses the native graphics horsepower of your PC to produce sophisticated visualizations, all within a web browser independent of the operating system or browser. Tours authored in the web can be played back on the Windows Desktop Client on dome or other advanced visualization...