Geology and Astronomy

Charles Kovacs



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Part one of this book describes the different kinds of rocks, soil, and mountains found on our planet and explores how they came into being. This section also deals with the depths of the Earth and the long ages of time.

By contrast, part two examines the heights of our universe in the movement of the Sun, Moon, and stars. These celestial bodies give us our sense the cycles of days, months, and years.

Throughout, Kovacs links the phenomena he is describing to human experience and how they affect people in various parts of the world. Geology and Astronomy is a resource for Waldorf teachers in classes six and seven (ages 11–13).

Astronomy - An Introduction

Hermann von Baravalle, PhD

edited and revised by Norman Davidson



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Astronomy is offered to 7th grade students within the Waldorf curriculum and von Baravalle's book will be wonderfully helpful in that context. However, Astronomy goes beyond a confined, pedagogical use in that it is actually a lovely introduction to the pleasures of gazing at the sky on a clear night. Baravalle clearly loved his subject, because that love radiates from every page. This is a book that will fire enthusiasm in young and old, and what is learned here and by carrying out the exercises will remain throughout a lifetime. A great little treasure, this one!


  • Introduction by Norman Davidson
  • Preface by the author
  • Observing the Stars in the Course of a Single Night
  • Observing the Stars in the Tropical, Arctic and Antarctic Regions
  • Observing the Night Sky in the Course of a Year
  • Observing the Sun in the Course of the Day and in the Course of the Year
  • Observing the Sun in the Tropical, Arctic and Antarctic Regions
  • Observing the Moon as a Pointer to the Sun
  • Observing the Planets - Flexibility in the Cosmos
  • Observing the Zodiac
  • Closing Remarks

An Introduction to a Study of the Stars

C. R. Mirbt



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For use by the English-speaking Waldorf teaching community, 10 chapters dealing with introductory geocentric astronomy with star maps for the Northern Hemisphere. This is a very clear overview of the subject matter usually introduced in the Waldorf approach in Grade 7 - Mirbt performs a great service in giving the teacher (whether in the classroom or at home) a comprehensive grounding in the information needed to teach this subject.

Sky Phenomena

A Guide to Naked-eye Observation of the Stars

Norman Davidson


Profusely illustrated


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This is the astronomy course I always wanted to take, but could find! Davidson takes us outside, has us look up at the starry wonder overhead, and then tells us what we are seeing. In the process, he also treats us to myths, legends and history, and even includes a whole chapter of poetry about the stars! Wonderful!


  • The Stars - I
  • The Stars - II
  • The Sun
  • The Moon
  • Eclipses
  • The Planets
  • The Copernican Revolution
  • Comets and Meteors
  • The Southern Hemisphere Sky
  • The Stars in Poetry


  • Astronomical Events
  • Technical Data
  • Astronimcal Symbols
  • Star Maps for Observers at the Equator
  • Useful Materials and Publications
  • Some Famous Individuals in the History of Astronomy
  • Glossary of Astronomical Terms