November 24 2018 — The Night Sky

WRN Kids was a bit different this month; we met in the evening to learn about the night sky! Sadly, the sky was overcast so our program was all indoors. The Kids were still excited to learn about astronomy and had really great questions.
Ian, one of the amazing GRCA naturalists, showed us the night sky on his computer! With software that “sees” through the clouds, we used the computer as a telescope to see constelllations and planets, as a space ship to see the view if we landed on the moon or Mars, and even as a time travel machine as we sped up the changes in the sky.
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Afterwards, several volunteers from the KW branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada showed us their toys! We couldn’t see the sky through their several telescopes but we did get to touch them and learn a bit about how they work. After chatting with the amateur astronomers, the Kids took home sky charts to try out on a clearer night.

Thanks to Ian, the RASC volunteers, all the Kids volunteers, Mary-Anne from Laurel Creek who organized our evening — and to the wonderful Kids and their families. We all learned lots!

WRN Kids won’t be meeting in December. Our next activity is the Christmas Bird Count for Kids at ‘rare’ on January 12. See you there!

 

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