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South Austin Summer Course

We had clear skies for our first 3-class summer course at Longview park in South Austin. We went on a solar system walk and got a feeling for how BIG our universe really is. We also started to learn how to use our telescopes. Everyone took home some homework: charting the Moon until our last class and taking azimuth and altitude measurements with our fists.  Our second class we learned why we have seasons and viewed M13, a globular cluster in Hercules as well as Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.  Last night we finished our last class with learning about the Moon phases and eclipses and what we can do to decrease light pollution. We ended with looking at the Ring Nebula. Below are two of the students from that class looking at Venus together from our first class.

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Cedar Park Summer Course

It has been a great turnout for the 3 class summer course in Cedar Park.  The last few weeks the students have been charting the moon and taking altitude and azimuth measurements. Tomorrow night we’ll get to share moon calendars and model the moon phases.  Saturn is now up near Sagittarius and able to see! The first class we learned about the immense size of our solar system by taking a solar system walk. The second class we all modeled the seasons with our bodies and learned about why the north star changes.  We also have begun to become really proficient at using the telescopes.  Looking forward to a great last class tomorrow night.

 

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