At the Nix Nature Center off Laguna Canyon Road we had a night viewing event with some of the OC Astronomers. A June marine layer clouded us out again, but we had 50 or so who visited our virtual solar system tour.
Thank you to the park visitors, volunteers, and staff for a fun evening! We’ll be back on October 28th for View the Moon night!
A beautifully clear night in June at last! Our first time setting up the Mobile Observatory on grass had its challenges, but the night sky was worth it.
We had the solar system tour going at the back of the trailer for the group waiting to look through the telescope. For most of the night we were looking at Jupiter, which was spectacularly clear. Late in the evening Saturn got high enough in the sky that we could switch over and get a nice look at the rings.
We had a blast at the Linda Vista camp out (delicious tacos, as well!) Students were trying their hand at the lever demonstration, the impact crater tub, blood tub, and several other stations that we set up before sunset.
We got mostly clouded out for star viewing this week as well, but got to show Jupiter to about 20 of the campers, and did our virtual tour of the solar system with the rest.
Wow, this was such a busy day! A NASA video crew came out to videotape our operation with several classes of Del Cerro students visiting the mobile observatory. Then we stayed for the camp-out at night.
The weather didn’t cooperate for star watching, but we did have the simulated solar system tour operating in the observatory, and several science and craft stations to entertain and educate.
We didn’t take pictures, but here’s an interview that Richard Stember did last month!
Our Mobile Observatory is officially open! At the Mission Viejo public library, and accompanied by speeches from mayor Wendy Bucknam, Science Heads Executive Director, Richard Stember, and other local dignitaries, Science Heads cut a ceremonial ribbon for the MOBS.
Our celebration event featured science-themed stations demonstrating photosensitivity via make-your-own sun prints, leverage, rapid oxidation (burning) of steel, safe sun viewing, geometric patterns, blood composition, and jet propulsion.