Friday, March 22, 2013
This picture was taken by a member of our group who is a photographer and had a wide angle lens.
First, we started off the trip with an introduction to some of the animals that they have on display and got to pet several of them.
Then we were able to walk around and look at the different animals and display cases that they had.
Next we walked on the walking paths through the swamp, but we didn't get to see much because the kids were just interested in getting through it at fast as they could!
Finally, we went back to the building and got to witness feeding time!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
After the presentation, we broke into 2 groups. One group toured the observatory and looked the telescope outside to see a solar viewing while the other group made a planisphere (star map).
Our group making the planisphere.
Our group with the completed planispheres
The dome runs on a track so that they can point the telescope in whatever direction they need too without opening the whole roof.
Looking through the telescope at the sun...We were able to see sun spots. It basically looked like a circle with 3 black dots. At first, I couldn't see anything but then realized that was all it was. The worker kept having to adjust the telescope because the earth kept moving!