Mobile Observatory Project Progress!
We've been busy building a mobile observatory out of a humble trailer. We had already cut a hole in the roof, and mounted a ring for the dome. Now it was time to clean the dome and prepare it for attaching to the top of the trailer.
Pieces of the observatory dome being cleaned
Dome pieces ready for mounting on the trailer
We ended up needing more hardware for the project, and with the afternoon winding down, we packed everything up for the night. The assembly crew reconvened a few days later to continue the work. As you can see below, we were able to get the dome fully installed and working great!
Richard and Barton work on attaching the shutter doors
Completed dome in twilight
Venus makes an appearance over the dome
Since then, Richard has been working on the electrical wiring, and work on the telescope pier has been progressing. Stay tuned for future updates, and more pictures are available on Richard's Bellcroft Observatory page.
Rancho Cañada Elementary Science Night 2016
Was a blast! Amy brought a tub full of flour and some balls to be our model impactors.
Students gathered around the meteor impact display
Our crater-making arena, a tub half-full of flour
Aftermath! Many different sizes and shapes of craters
The rest of the Science Heads crew operated the telescopes, viewing the Moon,
Jupiter, the Pleiades,
and the Orion Nebula.
The Moon was about 90% full
Our handout for the night was on the meteor showers of 2016:
Handout with a meteor coloring page on one side (public domain image) and a description of meteor showers (from SkyAndTelescope.com) on the other, plus a list of dates for the meteor showers of 2016.
Lunar Eclipse in the Orange County Great Park - September 27, 2015
Informal gathering to watch the lunar eclipse. There was a great turnout, many people in the park to watch the moon rise in eclipse.
Moon rising over Saddleback, in eclipse
Eclipsed moon over the Great Park balloon ride
A picture of the fully eclipsed moon from an earlier lunar eclipse, in 2014
Fall Colors Booth at the Foothill Ranch Farmer's Market - October 9, 2014
We had leaves imported from Idaho (thank you, Rose!), and crayons for making leaf rubbings.
Our booth at the Foothill Ranch Farmer's Market
Topic for the day was fall colors