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Author-Astronomer Jay Ryan

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Ultimate Homeschool

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Join your host, Felice Gerwitz and her guest, Jay Ryan. Jay is the author of Signs and Seasons and Moonfinder. His Bible-based homeschool curriculum includes the study of the traditional constellations, identifying the planets, and following the seasonal cycles of the Sun, Moon, and stars. Beautifully illustrated this book is a keepsake.

His latest book, Moonfinder is Moonfinder is the story of a little boy who learns about the phases of the moon with his dad. Each page includes a full-color illustration depicting the location and appearance in the sky of the moon at each phase, along with "celestial" views showing the corresponding position of the moon in it's orbit around the earth. With Moonfinder, every member of the family can learn how to follow the monthly cycle of the moon's phases!

Jay has a BS degree in physics but is completely self-taught in astronomy. He has studied at length the traditional astronomy of the Greeks and has read the "great books" of astronomy, including works by Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Kopernik, Galileo, Kepler and Newton.

Jay Ryan has been involved in popular astronomy writing since 1995. For five years, he had been a Contributing Editor to Sky & Telescope magazine, creating the SkyWise comic strip. He is also the author of Cycles: An Introduction to Astronomy and Time, an educational comic book used in high schools and colleges around the USA and beyond, with over 40,000 copies currently in print.