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Saturday 7th May 2016 - Young Observers

The Young Observers will meet on Saturday 7th May.  New split times apply so for the juniors we will start at 6:30pm - 7:25pm  (15 minute gap) and then the older juniors will run from 7:40pm - 9pm. Please bring a plate of food along to share.

Please remember to park along the driveway with headlights facing away from the dome as our session usually runs alongside Deep Sky. Please do not park along the dam wall as this area is reserved for telescopes to be set up.

Please note: Due to demand Young Observers is now exclusive to Members Only.

See you then!
Roslyn, Jacquie and the Young Observers team

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 Last Saturday was the May meeting for Young Observers and we had good attendance for both the younger Novae and the older Supernovae groups. Starting at 6.30pm the Novae kids learnt about the three main kinds of rock, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, from Kerrie, and then used that find evidence of water on Mars. They donned some red/blue glasses and viewed some images taken by the Curiosity rover and saw lots of the layered sedimentary rocks that were laid down by water long ago on the red planet. Then James showed a video about the ExoMars mission and there was a discussion about how space probes were launched and what will happen when ExoMars reaches Mars in October. Pavel was able to get a dob out to show a few bright objects but the sky was mostly cloudy on the night.
The Supernovae then had their turn at 7.40pm with Jacquie and started with a lesson on the basic features of Mars and why it only comes to opposition once every two years. There was also some history about why people thought there might be life on Mars and why we keep hoping to find some there. After snacks we had a quiz on what we had just covered about Mars, then a brief introduction to the history of the constellations in preparation for future lessons on learning our way around the sky.
- Jacquie Milner