On the 3rd of February we held a StarWatching event at Lab_13. THE WEATHER DIDN’T LET US DOWN! Just at the last moment the clouds cleared and it was a clear sky and you could see all the stars and planets clearly. We were very lucky as we had 4 star experts come called Nick, Mervyn, Calvin and Karen from the NAA (Northants Amateur Astronomers). They brought some fantastic pieces of equipment.
Nick had a 7inch telescope set up looking up at Jupiter and four of it’s moons, he told us the names of the moons: Io, Europa, Calisto and Ganymede. Io is the smallest of the four and is covered in active volcanos. Europa is covered in ice and temperatures can drop below -250 degrees Celsius. Calisto was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei. It is the third-largest moon in the Solar System and the second largest in the Jovian system, after Ganymede. Ganymede is the largest moon in our solar system.
Marvin had an 8inch reflector set up so you could see the moon. Calvin had a scope set up showing you the constellation of the constellation The Seven Sisters. Karan helped us set up our own telescopes and showed us how to use them and focus on certain constellations.Did you know: our solar system is part of the Orion arm of the Milky Way galaxy. We used apps on our phones and tablets to track the stars and to see the postion of some of the constellations.
We were actually surprised about how many people came out in this freezing cold weather with their own telescopes and binoculars. We felt sorry for all the mums and dads who got dragged out here but we were thankful that they enjoyed it as much as we did. It was the best turn out we have ever had. The Scouts and Cubs came too as they are working towards their Astronomers Badges. Thank you everyone that came!