Imperial Valley Home School Academy came out to the museum today to experience star gazing with our volunteer astronomer Steve. Since this was a daytime visit, they learned how to safely sun gaze with UV glasses. Steve gave 9 students and 6 parent chaperons a talk about the sun, how far away from Earth it is, and showed some amazing pictures he took of solar flares. Then we all headed outside to try out the special sunglasses.
"That's the coolest thing I've ever seen!" several students cheered, finding solar spots with their glasses, and then solar flares when looking through a telescope (also with a special filter). The students, ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade, also enjoyed being the first to see our new solar panels being built by Sullivan Solar. It fit in perfectly with their lessons about alternative energy sources. Everyone enjoyed the field trip as a way of supplementing the astronomy lessons they are getting in class and are looking forward to coming out for the museum's star-gazing party Saturday May 25 for the chance to see some stars and planets.