Mars and Stars

04 February 2021
17:30 - 20:00

Want to run your own stargazing event in schools - join us for a beginner’s guide to what you can see in the night sky at this time of year

Event Type: 
Online event
Workshop
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers
Primary
Technician
Cymru Wales
More information

This workshop will take place online, you will receive joining online instructions 24 hours before the event. Please contact cerianangharad@ase.org.uk if you have any questions.

The event is aimed at teachers and educators and we will be focusing on KS2 and KS3 resources and providing you with ideas about how you could run your own virtual event with pupils or groups of young people - all resources will be shared with those who attend.

Join  Dr Paul Roche, Emma Wride and Pete Williamson on a journey of discovery.

The night sky is an amazing sight that is free for everyone to enjoy. Do you know what to look for when you look up at a starry sky - do you know where to start? Do you know your constellations from your planets? Or perhaps you have always wondered what exactly a modern astronomer does as a day to day job?

Join us form the comfort of your own home on a virtual sky at night tour with opportunities to head outside during the session (weather permitting) as well as engaging in numerous space themed activities that could be done at home.

No experience of stargazing is needed, and there will be a chance to ask questions during the workshop.

We will use a freely available programme called Stellarium, which can be found here; Stellarium.org. Content featured will be as seen from northern hemisphere skies (UK).

Time

Topic

Speaker

17.30

Introduction: observing the night sky

Cerian Angharad
Paul Roche

17.45

Intro to Stellarium

Pete Williamson

18.00

Star patterns in Feb/March – Orion, Taurus and the Pleiades

Pete Williamson

18.15

Other things to look for – satellites, ISS, Starlink and meteor showers

Emma Wride

18.30

Break - go outside and see ISS and Starlink satellites!

[if weather clear]

18.30

Break

[if weather bad]

19.00

Questions  re observations and brief introduction for new arrivals - observing the night sky

Cerian Angharad
Paul Roche

19.00

Observing the sky with robotic telescopes

Paul Roche

19.15

Earth rotation and the apparent movement of stars

Pete Williamson

19.30

Free classroom resources

Emma Wride

19.45

Q+A, feedback/evaluation

Paul Roche

20.00

End