|Participants from Assumption College, connecting the|
principal stars to form a stick figure of their constellations.
“Mother’s love, Trizzie, Potas, Nobi, Luna’s ring, and Altaireon Griffin”, are just a few of the names invented by students during the session on how constellations got their names. Along with these are the stories and images of their constellations, which are also conceptualized by them.
|Some of the constellations prepared by the students.|
The Stellarium, a planetarium software, is then used to extend the familiarization and identification of constellations in the night sky. They become more interested as the lecturer manipulates the software, through zooming in and the celestial objects.
Students are fascinated by the gigantic size of the reflecting telescope inside the observatory. In groups of five, students take turns in peeping into the eyepiece of the telescope. Each student is completely awed into silence as he/she gets a chance to view the images of Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon.
Schools who participated for this sky watching activities were Maria Montessori Children’s Foundation, Village School of Parkwoods, The Learning Tree, Assumption College, St. Scholastica’s College, and Bacoor National High School.
The High School Earth/Environmental Science Group of NISMED regularly conducts an overnight sky watching activity during the months of December, January, February, and sometimes March. For further details and reservation, interested parties may contact Cecile, tel. 9283545.