School Education Nights

School Nights:

  • The Redlands Astronomical Society is committed to assisting the local community and school groups with respect to astronomy.
  • Typical activities are Night Sky Viewing with telescopes, guided Laser Pen tours etc. We typically manage groups of 20-25 in rotations.
  • Whilst attending RAS Members are Blue Card Holders, we do ask that teachers attend with their students to assist and participate.
  • We do ask a modest donation to assist with equipment Maintenance and travel costs etc. refer President for pricing.
  • We are weather dependent (Clear Skies a must) as we do not currently have a classroom program.
  • As an amateur group we do like early notice, and we limit ourselves a few functions each year (Get in early – Contact our President).

Expectations:

Pending the time of Year we can expect to see our major planets: Saturn (Rings & 2-3 moons), Venus, Mars, Jupiter (4 Galilean Moons), Asterism’s and Globular Star clusters, Southern Cross (Finding south and basic navigation), bright nebulae etc. and occasionally our Moon.

Here are some images of what we may be able to view. (most images will appear as Monochrome to the human eye)

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The following video was shot at a school night. The movement is real time with the Moon moving through a 5″ telescope and a DSLR camera attached to the back. Note: Caption/Google annotations do not work on IOS mobile devices (go figure Google?)

NASA has some excellent school based programs available online, e.g.

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