The family Astronomy club met for the first time this school year tonight, and what a way to start the new year! A fantastic turn out of students, parents and family members came along to our first meeting for this school year focused upon our only natural satellite the Moon.
The meeting started with a talk on all things Lunar presented by Miss Ellender. How big is it?, how far away is it?, how do we get there? and many more such questions were answered. Participants conducted an experiment designed to show what would happen to the human body if we were to go into space without a space suit and learned a few of the many fascinating features visible on the Moon.
After the talk we were very lucky to have some clear sky after what was a rather cloudy day so were able to observe the Moon through our newest telescope in the observatory. There was also chance to gather outside, whilst groups went into the observatory, and observe the only other celestial object mankind has set foot on with binoculars. Towards the end of the evening as stars were becoming visible Mr Perkins pointed out the “Summer Triangle” naming the three stars and pointing out the constellations to which they belong.
Once everybody had observed the Moon Miss Harrington gave a demonstration of Stellarium, a free planetarium program available for Pc’s and Smartphones that shows the night sky in real time and allows us to stargaze no matter what the weather.
The next family Astronomy club meeting will be on the 4th November and is entitled “Comets”. Family Astronomy club is open to all TLES students and their family members. For more information please ask Miss Ellender or collect a letter from student services.