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UK Astronomy Badge

24 Jul 2009, 21:31 UTC
UK Astronomy Badge
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A few weeks back I received my second exchange in the The Great Astronomers Badge Swap.The Astronomer's Badge from the 12th Winchester Cubs in the UK (Winchester District).This is a great example of how to make earning a badge fun and shows a creative way to overcome the challenges of the UK's famously cloudy skies. We face similar challenges here in Toronto during the fall and winter.The requirements for this badge are: Make a model or draw a simple diagram of the solar system. Explain the difference between a planet and a star. Identify three constellations.Find out about and present some information on the two of the following: Planets, Comets, the Northern Lights, The Sun, Eclipses,Meteorites, Black holes, The Moon, Light years, Space exploration or any other space related subject. Observe the moon, if possible using binoculars or a telescope. Describe some of its features.Know how to locate and identify the Pole star or Southern Star. Know how explorers used it to navigate and plot courses.Their approach:They played a simple relay game where the cubs had to put the planets in the correct order from the sun. Then we made 3D models of the planets to hang up in their ...

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