Thursday, 15 December 2011

Sky's the limit

Last night, I was asked to give a talk at my daughter's Rangers group (the next level up from Girl Guides) about astronomy.
So far, we've tried to do this three times, but it's either snowed, or been raining, which as you might have guessed, isn't ideal.  Last night, however, looked promising.  There was patchy cloud, but the gaps in the clouds revealed some very clear skies.
I'm pleased to say that the talk went very well.  We covered things from the basics, like naming the planets, looking at the relative sizes of planets/stars, to black holes and comets.  The questions they asked were well thought out, and not asked for the sake of asking questions.  It was a fun evening.
The highlight was when we went outside, and through the gaps in the clouds, they saw a handful of shooting stars (luckily it was the peak of the Geminiid meteorite shower), and we also saw (with the aidof my telesocpe) Jupiter and three of it's moons.
Originally, when I decided to write this post, I had an incredibly clever idea to link this back to writing.  Unfortunately I've had lunch since then, and the idea has slipped away.


  1. Sounds like you guys had a great night. My son is really into the moon right now.

  2. I'm glad you were able to share one of your interests with the kids. (At least, I'm assuming it's one of your interests.) I'm sure they'll remember the experience for years to come. :)

  3. Jenny - It was really great watching their excitement at the shooting stars :o)

    Carrie - Yep, it is an interest. The pic is my telescope on my decking. :o)
    Not sure if they'll remember it cos it was fun, or cos they are scarred for life ;o)