Despite the bad weather recently, Andy Exton attended 3rd Scarborough (St. Marks) Guides on the evening of Wednesday 23rd January. The Girl Guides are working towards their Space “Go-For-It” award and although the evening was against them for observing through telescopes, they were given an informative talk to help start them off towards the award.
The Guides were introduced to the objects in the Solar System including the Sun, planets, satellites, comets and asteroids. Following this, some of the most recognizable constellations in the northern hemisphere were introduced including Ursa Major (with details of how to use it to find the pole star, Polaris via the Pointers), Orion, Cassiopeia and Pegasus. Deeper sky objects including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies were then explained.
The evening concluded with the Guides being able to look at a small Dobsonian telescope (a Skywatcher Heritage 130P) up close and the chance to ask questions about anything space related.
If any Scout or Guide groups of any age in the Scarborough and Ryedale area wish to offer the stargazing badges or even just run an astronomy night, please get in touch with the society via the contact page. We can come to your group, or we can organise for you to visit us at Dalby Forest. We provide this service at no charge as it is one of the society’s charitable aims, but voluntary donations are welcome to help cover costs and towards the upkeep of the society’s equipment and observatories. We are a Registered Charity (No. 1092385) in England and Wales.