Keep Looking Up

For the past couple months there’s been a lot going on that’s pretty much “Out of this world.”  We’ve landed on the planet Mars and recently lost the first man to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. With all the wonderful exploring going on, have you ever thought about just how interesting space can be for kids? There are just so many ways to explore the universe—telescopes, planetariums, Google Earth. Exploring the stars and the sky is never-ending. How much fun is it to take a look at the stars through a mighty big telescope? Do you know the constellations? All kids should be able to at least pick out the Big and Little Dippers. Just for fun, my oldest son took some glow-in-the-dark sticky stars that we bought at the Dollar store and made copies of the constellations on the younger boys’ ceiling, then when they went to bed they could call them out by name.  Last summer I took my very youngest son to the city planetarium. It was a one hour show set under a replica of the stars where you could learn all the interesting details of the night sky. Just in time for school, I downloaded Google Earth to our desktop. With Google Earth you can see the world as a planet with an astronaut’s view. Speaking of planets, can you and your kids name all the planets? With Fall right around the corner, the weather is going to be perfect for star gazing. Look for falling stars and don’t forget to make a wish.

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Planetarium Show, Adrian College

When: Fri, August 31, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Robinson Planetarium, Peelle Hall, Adrian College, corner of Charles and Williams Streets. (map)
Description: Learn about stars and planets and experience the Planetarium’s new video and sound system. Shows are as follows: “Origins of Life” – a journey from the Big Bang theory to man’s search for life beyond planet Earth. Aug 24, Sept 7 & 28. “What’s Up in the Sky Tonight?” – learn about summer constellations and the mythology of currently visible planets, Mars and Saturn. Aug 31, Sept 14 & 21. All shows begin at 7pm and admission is free.Group reservations can be arranged by contacting resident astronomer Mark Fairclough at 265-5161 x4788 or mfairclough@adrian.edu.
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