On Tuesday, February 26th, we had a fieldtrip at the Highland Road BREC Park Observatory.
First we started off with a powerpoint presentation about the sun and the moon including solar flares and sunspots, lunar craters and maria.
After the presentation, we broke into 2 groups. One group toured the observatory and looked the telescope outside to see a solar viewing while the other group made a planisphere (star map).
Our group making the planisphere.
Our group with the completed planispheres
The other group working on theirs.
Touring the telescope room
The dome runs on a track so that they can point the telescope in whatever direction they need too without opening the whole roof.
Looking through the telescope at the sun...We were able to see sun spots. It basically looked like a circle with 3 black dots. At first, I couldn't see anything but then realized that was all it was. The worker kept having to adjust the telescope because the earth kept moving!