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big dipperGetting Started with Outreach:
Featured Astronomy Activities

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Telescope Tours

Use fun activities like Trip Around the Triangle, Telescopes as Time Machines, and Telescope Treasture Hunt to engage your visitors while looking through your telescope.


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What Power is your Telescope?

Using a few simple props, show the basics of how telescopes collect light with these activities. Address the concept of aperture and light-gathering capabilities.


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Why does the Moon have Phases?

Using a simple 3D model, allow participants to discover why the Moon has phases. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about the night sky and a very rewarding "ah-ha!" moment for the participants.


NSF logoSharing the Universe is based upon work supported by the Informal Education Division of the National Science Foundation under Grant no DRL-0638873. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.