Day 48: Five Minute Field Trip

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As we start our unit on eclipses I try to take the Astronomy students outside for a 5 minute field trip on a clear sunny day. We all don solar eclipse glasses and take a look at the sun. Most are amazed to see how small the actual disk is in the sky. They are much better able to understand how the Moon and the Sun occupy the same space in the sky and how the Moon could eclipse the sun. I had the glasses made in 2012 for the transit of Venus so they are in our school colors and even have our mascot on the temple.

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