Starry Sky Austin

South Austin Summer Course

June 25, 2015 Kids Uncategorized 0

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.