Thumbs up for science! Chilly November temperatures were no deterrent to a group of over 50 parents, kids and educators who bundled up on Sunday, November 12 for for a chance to learn more about our night sky and its twinkling inhabitants. Astronomer Jason Kendall delivered a slide presentation that made everyone an expert on discerning the waning and gibbous phases of the moon while also giving us a peek at the future of American space exploration.
But the highlight was definitely the chance to get outdoors, acclimate to the beautiful darkness and appreciate the absence of light pollution in the Jay Meadow. Families enjoyed celestial snacks and took home plaid blankets and their own personal copies of the National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky: Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Stargazer!
Thank you to Jason’s wife Donna Kendall Stearns for adding her CD single “Up, Up, Up in the Sky” to the goody bags – a song that introduces Galileo’s achievements to children through music!