Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reflections on an Eclipse…

Well the Eclipse has come and gone….  thankfully the event at the Madley Environmental Centre was blessed with clear skies for the whole of the time.

Over 400 people came and enjoyed the spectacle through a wide array of scopes and other viewing devices (including a fair few colanders!).

happy campers (mine)

And we did some science too

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Here is a link to the activities we had available for the school children – many are not confined to the eclipse.  So if you fancy learning more about the Sun and the Sun/Earth/Moon connection take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we are famous too – the Hereford Times (that’s my scope in the picture with the children!)

Caverns and Cowboys

The science was concluded… today (Friday 27th February 2105) was about being a tourist with visits to Kartchner Caverns and Tombstone….

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Oreos and cosmology, mirrors and Mars, and a very chuffed husband!

We packed a lot into Thursday 16th February: Cosmology lecture, Lunar and Planetary imaging, a visit to Lunt, the Mirror Lab, amazing images of Mars, a meal with the UofA astro club and finally some observation….

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A dangerous hole in the ground, a very big mountain, and a HUGE telescope

Today (Wednesday 25th February 2015) we went down into a hole at the Titan Missile Museum and up a very big mountain (Mount Hopkins) to see the huge mirror in the Whipple Observatory….

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Awesome day – BIG telescopes, Snow and Desert Rain

This was my highlight day (Tuesday 24th February) as we visited the Kitt Peak National Observatory site.  I had to keep pinching myself to remind myself it was real.  As the strap line says ‘The Kitt Peak Experience…Like No Other’

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Lots of flying things….. but the humming birds were best!

A day of contrasts (23rd February 2015): planes, planes and more flying machines in the morning at Pima Air and Space Museum, followed by natural flying machines and wonders at the Senora Desert Museum in the afternoon…

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A Set From A Sci-Fi Movie? No it is Biosphere 2

Today (22nd February 2015) entailed a trip up into the mountains to visit Biosphere2 – another part UA Science.  It felt more like a trip to a Sci-Fi movie, but we soon learnt that this was really one big laboratory…

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Familiarisation, wonder and Gentle Ben’s….

The first official day of the Field Trip (21st February) was a familiarisation with the UofA (University of Arizona) Campus and surroundings (and eateries!), and the Museum.  It was quite an eye-opener…

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Astro dealers, Wildlife, and Raith Rovers!

The highlights of today (20th February 2015) were a trip to Starizona to talk to Dean about all things Hyperstar and a lovely wildlife walk in Catalina National Park,…… the most bizarre thing was watching Raith Rovers in an Italian restaurant in Tucson!

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