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Here is some information about the Taylor Elementary School Astronomy Night (Space Night).

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Links to web resources [edit section]

Here are some interesting links:

Here are some star charting sites:

Free Star Charts software:

Handouts:

Session Ideas [edit section]

Session ideas:
  • how does a telescope work?
  • planet intro - slide show
  • space craft - making a solar system model (hangar, string, and colored paper)
  • learning constellations - constellation search
  • observing
    • tips - preserving night vision
    • what to look for (stars, nebulae, galaxies, planets, moon, sun)
    • how to find stuff (star charts, constellations, naked eye, binoculars, telescopes)
  • free planetarium software

What to prepare:

  • materials for planet mobiles
  • scripts for lecture sessions and games
  • observation list for users
  • red plastic wrap and rubber bands
  • observation list for telescopes
  • star charts for Jan 25

What users should bring:

  • warm clothes
  • flashlight
  • binoculars or own telescope
  • USB stick?

Make your own Constellation viewer:

  • materials = file folder, black construction paper, constellation patterns, tape, flashlight
  • instructions
  • recognizing constellations -

Committee [edit section]

  • Tim Bird - observation
  • Nadine Bird - computer lab, promotion
  • Nasrin Shamloo - 408-224-3116, nbiglari (at) sbcglobal.net greeter
  • Ed Macalolooy - Tasco 375 telescope with 114 mm reflector and equatorial mount - will come at 6:30 and help with sky observation
    • contact info: 408-226 1087, or edward.macalolooy (at) gmail.com
  • Mr. Ecter - 226-0587 or 226-0591
  • Susan Paxton - 408-281 1661, jcasepaxton (at) comcast.net
  • Genvieve Dorsey - 408-927 7933 , instaswmr (at) aol.com

Stations [edit section]

  • Crafts: Mr. Ecter
    • Star Charts
    • Star Projector
  • Planetarium/Solar System Tour
  • Astronomy Quiz
  • Taylor Observatory

Telescopes [edit section]

  • Carlene Wallace - ??
  • Barbara Bailey - 3-inch refractor, U mount - Moon
  • Tim Bird - 3 inch reflector, camera mount (bad) - Moon
  • Ed Macalolooy - ??
  • Greg Shepherd - 8 inch relfector (Meade) - great nebula
  • Dale Smith - ? inch reflector (Celestron) - Pleiades

Materials Checklist [edit section]

  • solar system mural
    • foam stuff
    • white poster board (for rings)
    • paint
    • white paint
    • black paper
  • greeter table
    • table
    • handout
    • treats
  • space crafts:
    • instruction sheet for star projector
    • instruction sheet for star chart
    • constellation posters??
    • award stars
  • astronomy quiz:
    • quiz handouts
    • launch web page
    • award stars
  • observatory:
    • table for observatory
    • extension cord
    • fact sheet for observatory
    • laser pointer
    • award stars
  • planetarium
    • planetarium
    • laser pointer
    • script - what constellations to show?
  • star tour
    • demo script
    • laptop
    • narrator script
    • projector
    • award stars

Night checklist [edit section]

  • 6:15 - help Greg Shepherd get telescope to Taylor
  • 6:30 - get power cord for observatory
  • 6:45 - help observatory volunteers site objects
  • 6:45 - set up greeter, observatory tables
  • 6:30 - put up station signs
  • 6:30 - put up mural
  • 6:45 - test projector and planetarium
  • 6:45 - set up astronomy books in library
  • 6:50 - everyone at stations
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