Thursday 9th March 2018, pupils at Dean Close Preparatory School welcomed David Buttery from Auriga Astronomy and his planetarium to School. Throughout the morning pupils were transported to outer space to witness Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and ‘feel’ the heat of our biggest star, the Sun.
Pupils learnt why the tilt of the earth and it’s distance from the sun creates seasons and why we have four seasons compared to the almost none experienced by countries nearer the tropics. They learnt about the size the solar system, the planets and some of the characteristics of those planets, for example Jupiter’s storms. Pupils debated the birth of planet Earth and the big bang theory.
After 30 minutes 'immersed' in space they had the chance to ask questions such as. Do you think there could be a parallel universe?, Is there life on other planets?, Could Earth be destroyed by a black hole and if life forms did exist what would be their primary element; would it be carbon like us or something different?
Pupil, Lydia said, “It was a fascinating, thought provoking morning that really made me think about how small we are in this vast universe. Space is so big, it is really difficult to understand. I like the idea that because of its size it is more likely than unlikely that other life forms exist on other planets."
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