Haverford Astronomy Open HouseHaverford Astronomy Open Househttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/129952Ryan Gym2010-04-17T14:00:002010-04-17T17:00:00
April 17, 2:00PM
An afternoon of astronomical activities including crafts and tours of the Observatory. Fun for the whole family!
The Astronomy Department is hosting a fun-filled open house on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 2:00-5:00pm in Ryan Gym with activities aimed at all ages; families are welcome!
- Starting every half an hour there will be tours of the Strawbridge Observatory which will include observing the sun with our solar telescope - available for public use for the first time! Anyone who would like to can sign up in Ryan Gym for a certain time (between 2 and 4:30) to go on a tour. Space is limited.
- We'll be making a model comet out of dry ice and other actual comet materials about every hour. This will be followed by making comet ice cream (a hands-on activity!) using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ingredients. We'll also discuss the cool properties of liquid nitrogen, which is essentially liquid air (!) at -321 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Beginning at 2pm and 4pm there will be a 30 minute student talk, one on Jupiter (is it actually a star?!) and the other on Supernovae (exploding stars!) in Chase Auditorium. Students will welcome questions after they finish.
- At 3pm there will be a ~30 minute film screening in Chase Auditorium.
- Prof. Beth Willman will lead "Solar System Walks" starting at 2:45 and 3:45pm. These will include a walk across campus to demonstrate the scale size of our Solar System. Participants will get a sense of just how far apart the planets in our Solar System are.
- All afternoon there will be children's crafts in Ryan Gym including paper bag space helmets and Astronomy coloring sheets. Along with the space helmets, we'll talk about what it's like to be an astronaut.
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