Paper Plate Education
AstroCamp: Astronomy Camp for Kids
Astrocamp is a stargazing adventure where boys and girls experience firsthand the joys of observing the night sky. From the moment they arrive, AstroCampers handle telescope on the shores of Corey Lake and learn constellations in a portable planetarium. They then use their new skills--after making s'mores by the campfire--to identify celestial features and to discover deep sky objects over four consecutive nights.
Observed highlights typically include the planets, the crescent moon, lots of Messier objects (nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies), satellites, and more. Several kids who stay up late measure the local sky glow with Sky Quality Meters (SQMs) in support of the Night Vision project.
By day, AstroCampers witness solar activity safely both through white light filters and through a hydrogen-alpha telescope. They combine their views of the sun on paper plates, recording emerging sunspots and outlying prominences. Other daytime activities included making and using Star Wheels, making a paper sundial, identifying stars and constellations on a celestial scavenger hunt, using computers with astronomy software, and building and launching water rockets. This is one fun astronomy camp--not school--for kids!
For observing conditions at the AstroCamp site, visit the Yarger
Observatory Clear Sky Clock at
Tables in the Light Pollution Handbook (p. 71) suggest the Yarger Observatory is an ALCoR 1 facility and an E2 district.
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Note: This AstroCamp webpage is provided as a courtesy by a
private party and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of YMCA
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