St. Clement Elementary, Bowling Green MO - April 9, 2010

posted Apr 13, 2010, 8:28 PM by Jim Twellman
The weather could not have been more perfect for this evening.  After sunset, the main attraction was Venus, followed by Mercury (sporting a half-full phase at 226x).  As it got darker, the attention turned to Saturn at 226x, along with views of M42 (Orion Nebula), galaxies M81 & M82 as well as the Whirlpool galaxy M51, globular cluster M3, and double star Iota Cancri, all at 60x.

The students had several constellations pointed out to them with a green laser, and were informed of the distance of most objects in light-years.  Once, I was trying to explain to a student how far a light year is, and before I could finish "Light travels at a speed of.." someone chimed in "186,000 miles per second".  Someone was paying attention in class!

The crowd total was around 36 people plus myself.  Folks enjoyed views thru the scopes from approximately 7:45 until 9:45pm.

Jim Twellman