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Richard Drumm The Astronomy Bum

Outreach with Cub Scouts!

9 May 2009, 05:07 UTC
Outreach with Cub Scouts!
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It -DID- look bad. It did.Clouds as far as the eye could see. Thunderstorms expected for later.I managed earlier in the day Friday to talk the scoutmaster into coming up to McCormick Observatory, though, and Dr.Mike Gorman showed the kids the scope and talked to them at length. He then let them slew the scope, turn the dome & raise & lower the observer's chair. Then after a good bit of this they came in to the classroom and I started my seemingly endless "Richard Drumm The Astronomy Bum" spiel.I showed them librations of the Moon. Then I showed them a star chart and gave each of them a star map to keep:I talked about Astrology, and precession of the equinoxes & astrology's problems. I covered the scientific method and Occham's razor.After a while the scoutmaster announced that it was still cloudy and that they'd have to come back another time to look through the scope. I'm sure the kids were disappointed at this but what can you do? I talked a good bit more, about types of telescopes and how the telescope was invented. I had just finished talking about how it's OK that Pluto is not a planet ...

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