| This is the Astronomy merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.|
Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers can also earn the Space Exploration merit badge.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Astronomy belt loop and pin.
|Astronomy requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #9.|
|Astronomy merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||022|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2013|
|“||In learning about astronomy, Scouts study how activities in space affect our own planet and bear witness to the wonders of the night sky: the nebulae, or giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are born; old stars dying and exploding; meteor showers and shooting stars; the moon, planets, and a dazzling array of stars.||”|
The Astronomy merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
Astronomy merit badge requirements
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See First Aid Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet - First Aid Kit - Emergency Kit - Guide to Safe Scouting - Physcial
2. Light pollution
3. Binoculars basics - Telescope types and instruments
4a. Constellations - Eclipses, moon phases, Milky Way, etc.
4b. Conspicuous Stars (brightest)
5a. Planet location and visibility by month - Details on the planets - Planetary Orbits Video
5b. Monthly planner for upcoming moon and planet events
- Constellation Chart for any date, time, and location
6. Sky View Café - Java applet which shows the precise locations of celestial bodies at any latitude/longitude. Provides different viewings to suit your needs as well as data on the movements of each body. Can also change the dates to look at information on previous days.
7. Moon phases, surface, moon phase video, etc.
7d. See the Astronomy Workbook for the diagrams you will need.
8a. Wikipedia article
8b. Star Colors with examples
10. Career opportunities in astronomy.
|General Merit Badge information
- Amateur Telescope Maker's - Stelfane home page
- Astronomy and Space - Interactive Web Resources
- Astronomy and Space : Fact files : Learning : National Maritime Museum
- The Astronomy Cafe
- AstroWeb - Astronomy/Astrophysics on the Internet
- The Constellations and Their Stars
- Current Night Sky - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- Earth & Sky
- Infrared Astronomy
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- The Nine Planets Solar System Tour
- Plans for Building a Dobsonian Telescope
- Tonight's Sky - New things to discover every night
- Views of the Solar System
- Windows to the Universe
- Guide to the Planets
- Details on Each Planet
- Visibility of the Planets, 2008 to 2020
- Find Satellites, Constellations, Planets and more