What time is the session? How long do you have?
If you want to talk about telescopes, bring a make-up mirror. One side is flat and one magnifies. Explain that the big telescope does this but to a higher level.
Saturn will be in the SE and high enough till around 11 am. Not sure if you could get a look during the day. Never tried Saturn during the day.
The moon will be up in the daytime on March 13th. At 11 am it will be almost dead South at about 35 degrees.( using Stellarium for this) It will be only a thin crescent but you may be able to see more than that in your scope. Try it the day before.
I think the kids would get a kick out of seeing the moon during the day. They probably have not even noticed that it is there during the day.
If it were me, I would do a session on the Moon and talk about where the Apollo astronauts walked on the moon. Then show them the locations with your telescope if you can. Not sure that will work with a cresent moon. Add a video of men walking on the moon.
You could talk about rockets and how we plan to go back to the moon. Perhaps one of them will become an astronaut and be one of those who go to the moon. A video of a rocket launch would be fun.
Maybe talk about the space station and being able to see it as it passes overhead.
If you want to take it a step further you could talk about our having a satellite circling the moon. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which is mapping the moon so we can get ready to go back. https://en.wikipedia...issance_Orbiter
Or satellites circling Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. Rovers on Mars.
Just some ideas. I would say the goal should be more to inspire and generate curiosity than have a real science lesson plan.
See if they will let you come back for an observing session that night. Maybe bring a friend with another telescope. Invite parents to bring binoculars.
This weekend we "spring ahead 1 hour so by 8:00 pm on the 13th:
- Orion will be high in the southern sky.
- Who doesn't love the Orion Nebula
- The Pleiades and the Hyades cluster will be very visible with binoculars.
- The big dipper will be up. You can split Mizar and Alcor
- Alpha Persei Cluster near Mirfak will be very visible in binoculars
- Unfortunately no planets till about 3 am. But, if you have some parents there who get up early, around 6 am Jupiter will be up and very visible.
All good targets that they can spot themselves.
Edited by aeajr, 08 March 2018 - 06:31 PM.