Saturday, March 25, 2023
10 AM to 12:30 PM
(check-in begins at 9:30)
Registration for this program closes at noon on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 or when the program reaches maximum capacity.
Learn how to make and use a rotary star chart, find the major constellations, planet positions in the planetarium. Learn why the Moon goes through phases. Learn how to build a star clock using the Big Dipper. Scouts will visit the planetarium and apply their skills to exploring the constellations and finding the moon and planets.
Program will consist of 4 rotations.
- 1st Rotation: Watch a live Planetarium Show – 50 minutes
- 2nd Rotation: Star Wheel activity – 30 minutes
- 3rd Rotation: Tour of Rockets in Science in Motion Gallery – 30 minutes
- 4th Rotation: Solar observation or view images if cloudy – 30 minutes
All groups end at the Store where Tellus patches are available for purchase.
c. Describe the proper clothing and other precautions for safely making observations at night and in cold weather. Then, explain how to safely observe the Sun, objects near the Sun, and the Moon.
ACTIVITY: Visit the Observatory. Learn safety for observing the Sun.
Astronomy Belt Loop and Academic Pin Activity: Visit the Planetarium to observe and learn five constellations. Learn to use a simple star map. Find the North Star and locate the naked eye planets in the current sky. Learn some basic astronomy vocabulary. Tour the Science in Motion gallery and learn about the early space program. Visit the Observatory and learn how telescopes and observatories work.
Draw a diagram of a telescope and explain how it works.
ACTIVITY: Visit the Science in Motion gallery.
Explain the following terms: planets, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon asteroid, star map and universe.
ACTIVITY: Visit the Planetarium. Learn how to use a rotary star chart.