School Education Nights

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School Nights:

  • The Redlands Astronomical Society is commited to assisting the local community and school groups with respect to astronomy.
  • Typical activities are Night Sky Viewing with telescopes, guided Laser Pen tours etc. We can Manage groups of 20-25 in rotations.
  • Whilst attending RAS Members are Blue Card Holders, we do ask that teachers attend with their students to assist and participate.
  • We do ask a modest donation of $3/student (excludng teachers, support etc) to assist with equipment maintence and travel costs etc.
  • We are weather dependant (Clear Skies a must) as we do not currently have a classroom program.
  • As an amateur group we do like early notice and we limit our selves a few functions each year (Get in early - Contact our President).

Expectations:

Pending the time of Year we can expect to see our major planets: Saturn (Rings & 2-3 moons), Venus, Mars, Jupiter (4 Galilean Moons), Asterism's and Globular Star clusters, Southern Cross (Finding south and basic navigation), bright nebulae etc and occasionally our Moon.

Here are some images of what we may be able to view. (most images will appear as Monochrome to the human eye)

venusschool saturnschool Jupiter2School planetary clusterschool moonschool

For Teachers:

SCHOOL NIGHT PLANNING

RAS members have developed some simple activities sheets for various ages that will help make the viewing evening more relevant and interesting to students of all ages.

DOWNLOAD a School Planner, a Moon Rise Sheet and Activity Sheets below.

We would appreciate any feedback from schools or educators to help us improve these activities. Note: Activity Sheet approx 4MB download

 planner  moon  activ

 

The following video was shot at a school night. The movement is real time with the Moon moving through a 5" telescope and a DSLR camera attached to the back. Note: Caption/Google annotations do not work on IOS mobile devices (go figure Google?)

NASA has some excellent school based programs available online, e.g.

 

 

NASA School Project
About "Solar System Math" “Solar System Math” is a series of four classroom lessons centered on pre-algebra topics such as measurement, unit conversion, ratio and proportion, scale, data analysis, and data representation. The downloadable software application, What’s the Difference, supports the lessons with engaging multimedia that accurately illustrates the size, distance, and composition of the bodies in our solar system as well as key concepts such as transfer orbit and synodic period. By exploring key attributes of our solar system’s planets and major moons, students decide where humans should next explore. These lessons were developed in response to a needs-assessment conducted for the NASA Explorer Schools and are aligned with national math standards for grades 5-8. The lessons and What’s the Difference software nicely blend science and math through quality hands-on investigations, multimedia, and paper-and-pencil activities. READ MORE > > > http://quest.nasa.gov/vft/#wtd

 

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Calendar 2018

FEBRUARY

13 Society Meeting. Visitors welcome

20 Public Viewing, Doug Tiller ReserveCANCELLED When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday..


MARCH

13 Society Meeting. Visitors welcome

20 Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve -DEFFERED When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.


APRIL

10 Society Meeting. Visitors welcome (Late Change - Moved to The Alexandra Hills Hotel - Lounge) 

17 Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.


MAY

8th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome

15th Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.


JUNE

12th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome

19th Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.


JULY

10th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome

13-15th RAS Astrocamp (Members and family only) Please let us know if you are coming.


AUGUST

7th Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.

14th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome


SEPTEMBER

4th Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.

11th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome


OCTOBER

2nd Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.

9th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome


NOVEMBER

6th Public Viewing, Doug Tiller Reserve - When: 7:30pm If viewing is weather affected we re-attempt viewing on the following Thursday.

9-11th RAS Astrocamp (Members and family only) Please let us know you are coming.

13th Society Meeting. Visitors welcome

 

 

For Admin use:   ITS ON   DEFFERED   CANCELLED

Thanks to all the committee members from 2017

The new crew for 2018

President: Rhondda

Vice President: Ross

Secretary: Sueanna

Treasurer: Ray

Email us:
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Post Mail:
Redlands Astronomical Society Inc,
PO Box 2048, Wellington Point,
Qld, 4160, Australia

Web Administrator: Jeremy

You're welcome to come along as a visitor join us for supper and chat to members on a meeting night. We look forward to seeing you there. All Membership enquiries should be directed to the Treasurer.

Student(18)/Senior(65): $20
Family Rate: $50
Single Adult: $30

DOWNLOAD RAS MEMBERSHIP FORM HERE (pdf file) > > >
(Please bring the completed form to a General Society Meeting)

Download RAS constitutuion >