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Activity

Night Skies

What You'll Need

  • A clear, warm night
  • Time - a half an hour or so
  • A sense of wonder
  • A star guide
  • 60 mins
  • Ages 3 - 8
  • Outside
  • Not a Speck
Activity
The Moon grows bigger
The Moon grows smaller,
Nights get shorter
Shadows grow taller.

It happens very slowly
It happens bit-by-bit,
You won’t even notice
Unless you’re watching it!

The night sky is wonderful. There’s something there for everyone, from the scientists to philosophers, from poets to pilots!

Getting Started

  • Simply go out and look at the sky every evening over a month – around the same time, if possible.
  • How about half an hour before bedtime? See how the moon changes. Is it getting dark sooner? Is it staying bright longer? Can you see any planets? Was that a shooting star?!?!?!
  • Use your star guide to identify individual stars and constellations (that’s the fancy name for groups of stars). What other things can you see? Are there any planes? Birds? Bats? Interesting cloud shapes?
  • Can you see The International Space Station?

Just think….

Imagine if you saw a UFO! That’s an ‘Unidentified Flying Object’. Thousands of people see them every year but usually there’s an explanation and they stop being ‘Unidentified’ and become plain old ‘Flying Objects’!

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