Monday, April 20, 2009

4-15,19,20 Mercury / Saturn Round - Up Street Astro

Dave and Melissa who are busy parents stopped by later in the evening to ogle at Saturn, got an earful on the Solar System, and left with a arsenal of goodies to educate their kids with. We discussed the basic differences of the planets and modeled Pluto's reclassification. This was a very common theme with these programs and Mercury and Saturn set the stage quite nicely. The general public is in a uproar concerning Pluto and needs to be informed why we have had changes. I am finding that with a short 10-12 minute presentation with simple props and my visitors participation they have a better understanding of the IAU ruling - but they even with the newly acquired data set most are not happy about the changes, and I have to agree!

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