Aim for the Stars

Exploring the night sky with my telescope

Exploring the night sky with my telescope

It’s such a beautiful evening. Just look at all the stars! I’m in Constitution Gardens with my telescope for a nighttime adventure. This park is great because I have a clear view of the whole sky.

Last week, I watched Venus and before that, I got up close and personal with Mars. Those are the two closest planets to Earth.

There’s a full moon tonight, so I’m checking it out. My telescope takes me right onto the surface. It feels like I’m there walking across the craters! The moon is so grey and ashy. It reminds me of a firecracker after it’s all burned out. That’s probably because of all those dusty dark spots on its surface.

And do you know what else is on the moon’s surface? Bunches of gray lines. They look like rows of ant hills. I’m not sure what these are, but I’ll bet they’re really old.

Did you know that the moon’s surface is only visible because of sunlight reflecting off of it? That’s right. The moon doesn’t produce any light so everything I see through my telescope is because of the sun’s rays bouncing around the universe.

I think that’s so cool, especially since it’s totally dark here in Washington, D.C. Now that I think about it, the sunlight reflecting off the moon is sort of like daytime at night!

You might be wondering why it’s so important for me to study the solar system. Well I have to learn because, that way, when Izzy and I are astronauts, I’ll already know where everything is when we’re floating around up there.

Have you ever used a telescope? If so, I’d love to know…What did you see?

-Sage


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