Girl Scouts 1/29/15 – Astronomy

sky search space explorerLast week we started two new (retired) badges that focus on astronomy – Sky Search (Juniors) and Space Explorer (Brownies). It will take us a while to complete them because both of our February meetings are field trips that relate to other badges.

We started our meeting by practicing “Walking in a Marshmallow Forest”. Our second February meeting will be a tour of the local community college’s audio recording studio. I believe the girls will have the opportunity to record their song. I’m not 100% sure because the details have not been worked out yet.

After practicing our song, we dove into astronomy. We talked about constellations, what they are, names of easily recognizable constellations, etc… then watched several video clips on constellations, stars/seasons, and the north star. To split up all of the videos, the girls made star finders (I found them on the NASA website). A large chunk of our meeting was taken up with these because the girls spent a lot of time coloring the illustrations.

We wrapped up our meeting by watching two YouTube videos. One about the myth of Orion, and one a compilation of timelapsed night skies (links below).

I showed the girls this image from the Wikipedia entry for "Galaxy" to show them how vast the night sky really is.

I showed the girls this image from the Wikipedia entry for “Galaxy”so they could see how vast the night sky really is.

One of the girls asked about Betelgeuse (one of the stars in Orion), and I found a nice comparison of our star to others in the universe.

One of the girls asked about Betelgeuse (a star in Orion), and I found a nice comparison of our star to others in the universe. The image is from The Daily Galaxy.

Videos Watched
Three segments from “A Closer Look at Space: The Sun and the Stars” from Discovery Education Plus (this is a subscription site): Constellations, Stars and Seasons, and The North Star.
Myth of Orion: Constellation Quest – Astronomy for Kids, FreeSchool
Startrail Timelapse Compilation – Nevada Nights

Several of the girls missed this meeting, and because they won’t be able to view the first three clips we watched, I will be emailing the below links to their parents:
One Minute* Astronomy Lessons: Constellations
The Universe: Constellations

 

 

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