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Galilean Nights!

posted Sep 28, 2009, 8:41 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 28, 2009, 8:02 PM by Jason Bilotta ]
Join us as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of Italian Astronomer Galileo's discoveries as we turn our telescopes up to Jupiter! Galilean Nights will be a great time to let the world see what Galileo saw! October 23rd at NAES, 7pm-9pm!

Update on the event:

5 year old Destiny looks on at Jupiter through a large telescope. 

This was a common scene at Galilean Nights at Neil Armstrong Elementary School on Friday, October 23rd.  Between 50-70 Families were treated to a host of activities, all centered on celebrating the discoveries of Galileo 400 years ago.  With the exception of several great power point presentations on Jupiter and other local celestial bodies, all activities were hands on- just the way we like them!

Families were given the chance to win a drawing for a free Galileoscope  (provided by Skeptikids of SW Florida) by completing several "stations" such as the Jupiter Presentation, several hands on challenges like guessing the scale of the solar system, coloring pages for the younger kids, and finally, making an official observation of Jupiter and the Moon through a small 20mm telescope, sketching and recording the data, just like Galileo! 

Finally, everyone was treated to a nice view of Jupiter, the Moon and several Deep Sky Objects, thanks to the SW Florida Astronomical Society! Some other treats included a group presentation of the constellations and all the wonderful myths and stories that they tell, and a "walking tour of the solar system" - a 10 football field long hike around the school property, where kids and adults got to place all the planets at scale distance and size from each other!

The event was a great success!  Many kids - and adults - expressed their thanks for being exposed to the wonders of the night sky!  A winner was drawn for the Galileoscope and the night came to an end, but the whole event was best described by 5 year old Destiny: 

"This is so much fun I could do this Every Day!"

Special thanks to the Punta Gorda Middle School students, the SWFAS, and the teacher and parent volunteers that made the evening such a success!