Jay Ryan is the author of Signs & Seasons, an illustrated, Biblically-centered homeschool curriculum for Classical Astronomy. He is also the creator of the Classical Astronomy Update, an email astronomy newsletter especially for Christian homeschoolers (though everyone is welcome!) Jay and his wife Debbie have been married since 1988 and live in Cleveland, Ohio, where they homeschool their five children.

Jay Ryan is well known in mainstream amateur astronomy circles as an "Astronomical Cartoonist." Beginning in 1996, his educational astronomy comic strip Starman had appeared in the newsletters of hundreds of local planetariums, observatories and astronomy clubs, around the USA and the world. From 1997 through 2001, he was a Contributing Editor to Sky & Telescope magazine, where he created SkyWise, an educational cartoon feature. Skywise was rerun in NightSky magazine from 2004 through 2006 and has been translated into several languages. His astronomy comic book Cycles has been a supplement in secular high school and college astronomy classrooms since the late 1990s, with over 40,000 copies currently in print. Jay has contributed astronomy articles to Sky & Telescope and The Mercury astronomy magazines. Jay has also made presentations to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).

Since 2002, Jay Ryan has devoted his efforts to sharing the sky with homeschoolers and Christian astronomy students of all ages, to the greater glory of God. His articles have been featured in The Old Schoolhouse, Homeschooling Today, and Homeschool Enrichment magazines, and also Crosswalk.com.

You can connect with Jay at:
Classical Astronomy
Classical Astronomy on Facebook
Twitter - @JayRyanAstro

Jay will be speaking on:
Classical Astronomy: The Biblical Purpose for the Sun, Moon and Stars
From their very creation, the Sun, Moon and stars had been made by the LORD for the practical purposes of finding direction and for telling time... "for signs and for seasons and for days and years." (Genesis 1:14). Down through history, the cycles of the Sun, Moon and stars had been used to mark the days, months and years. Everyone from common folk to scientists understood the signs in the sky. As part of the Quadrivium of sciences, Classical Astronomy was part of the classical liberal arts education, learned by everyone from ancient philosophers through the Founding Fathers of the American Republic. However, somewhere down the line, this knowledge was forgotten, and is now neglected or even omitted in contemporary classrooms and curricula. A knowledge of Classical Astronomy can be easily regained by Christian homeschoolers through systematic observation of the Sun, Moon and stars. Perhaps in so doing, our generation can truly come to appreciate how "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God." (Psalm 19:1).
Jay's Products:

Signs & Seasons
Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy

Finally! A Bible-based homeschool curriculum for teaching the traditional constellations, identifying the planets, and following the seasonal cycles of the Sun, Moon, and stars.

Created especially for ages 13 and up but usuable with younger students under parental guidance.

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Signs & Seasons Field Journal and Test Manual
A Workbook for Establishing High School Credit

By popular demand! An accompanying workbook to Signs & Seasons especially for highschoolers. Record observations of the sky and take tests to measure the knowledge learned. Includes maps and other graphical tools for furthering your student's understanding of the sky.

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Eclipse Shades
Solar Viewing Glasses

View the Sun safely with Eclipse Shades solar viewing sunglasses!

Absolutely safe for direct solar viewing! Eclipse Shades block 99.99% of the Sun's bright light, so that you cannot see anything but the Sun!

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Cycles: An Introduction to Astronomy and Time

A 32 page comic book for introducing the three astronomical cycles -- The Day, The Month, and The Year -- upon which our modern system of timekeeping is based. Restore an awareness of these cycles, lost by modern man's dependence on clocks and calendars. Engaging illustrations graphically reveal the motion of the Sun and stars, phases of the Moon, and the reasons for the seasons.

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Institutions of Divine and Secular Learning
Cassiodorus Senator

Institutions of Divine and Secular Learning was written in the 6th century A.D. by Roman educator Cassiodorus Senator.

This classic work is notable for being the first Christian guidebook for the Seven Liberal Arts: The Trivium of Grammar, Dialectic and Rhetoric; and The Quadrivium of Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy and Music.

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