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Monday, April 6, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

We had the opportunity to go to a star watching party on Saturday night. It was amazing.

We have had a telescope for awhile but neither Hubby or I can figure out how to use it.

Well, we know how to use it, but it is difficult to find what you are looking for when you aren't very good at it.

We got a star wheel and learned how to use it, directions to make an astrolabe and other tips. The two astronomers leading had brought 3 good telescopes and then would focus them on some amazing sights.

The moon with its craters is beautiful, it was like those pictures you have seen, but this was not a picture. Hubby and I had seen Saturn before in my Dad's telescope, but his doesn't give as close of a picture. Saurday, we saw the line of rings and one or two of the moons.

It gave us more ideas on how to get out there and watch what is going on in the sky. They are planning on doing it again in June and we are hoping to be there, as well as one in July.

There are more tips and tricks we learned and will hopefully be able to keep learning more. I will post these as I get time.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds very neat! I'm glad that you got to see that, and I'm sure it will lead to some great learning activities too.

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  2. stephanie (LSL/Bold Avenue)April 6, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    It is difficult to find things in the sky through a telescope! If you're looking at scenery on the ground, you can find things using trees, mountains, etc., but I've felt a little "lost" looking at stars before too! The star watching party sounds like a great idea!

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  3. There is a planetarium here that has star parties every now and then, I 've always wanted to go. That sounds like fun.

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