Wolf Ridge

Astronomy


Earth & Physical Sciences
| 4th Grade - Adult
| Evening 1 hrs
| Easy

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Students will have the opportunity to observe the night sky using 12″ Meade Schmidt-Cassiegrain computerized telescope, 25 power binocular telescope, laser ponter, standard binoculars and their very own eyes.   A Wolf Ridge instructor will guide the student’s viewing, using star charts and constellations to locate objects. There are three stations where students can experience and observe astronomical delights on the observation platform located behind the Science Center.

Outcomes

Upon completion of the Astronomy evening activity, students will be able to:

  • Be able to identify the five circumpolar constellations and the North Star.
  • Describe details about their observations of our Moon, moons of Jupiter, rings of Saturn, double stars and or nebulae if they are visible.
  • Describe the basic principle of telescope optics.
  • Value the beauty of the night sky relatively undimmed by artificial light.
  • Give an example of a constellation myth.