Thursday, January 29, 2009
1-29-09 We Have A Bunch To See Street Astro Part 2
Onward with this weeks epic adventure in Astronomy Outreach Education. Tonight was a little cooler and windier than the last. My teaching posters had wings tonight - almost ending up in the lake several times so I had to retire them for the evening. I felt so lost without my posters - they really help my guest to understand important basic concepts and they really capture the imagination quickly. But there are other tools I can use to engage the public. Like in this picture of Debbie who was one of my 34 visitors tonight. I have seen this phenomenon before - Astronomical Rapture! Talk about excitement, she learned how to navigate the night sky with a starwheel and proper flashlight, and with the help of active modeling she was able to comprehend the changing seasonal sky due to Earth's revolution and spin. She was now equipped to explore the constellation studed sky with confidence. Her goals are to learn it for herself and then share it with her extented family! She left in a state of bliss that was a joy to behold. I guess that I did not need my posters tonight anyway!