Astronomy is an evening program that begins with a presentation covering moon, sun and stars. Students will learn about moon phases, nuclear fusion, stars facts and luminosity, and some information about exoplanets. Following the presentation, students will be split into groups to rotate through three stations. The following stations are great ways to explore our night sky: telescopes, constellations, and star stories. Please note that these stations may vary depending on the weather, and alternative activities are available if one or more of the above stations cannot be used. While at the telescope station students will investigate up to three unique celestial objects in our night sky. At the constellation station, instructors point out and discuss interesting facts or myths about prominent constellations and celestial objects in our night sky. During star stories the students will listen to star and constellation stories from Greek and Roman mythology, and Native American cultures. By the end of the Astronomy evening program, students will have a basic understanding of astronomy concepts of the moon and stars.
This evening program will include…
- A presentation about the stars and other celestial objects.
- An opportunity to view the night sky (weather permitting).
- Historic and/or cultural stories about stars and the night sky.