This November and December we are blessed to have two students from Korea join us. They were very interested in how we celebrate Thanksgiving so we decided to have a potluck at school. Each family brought a traditional dish to share and the Kim's brought their favorite Korean dish. It was quite a feast and I think the pies were the perfect finishing touch!
The students and I went to visit Cornelia Lang at Van Allen hall to see a demonstration of the moon phases, answer some trivia questions and go to the roof on Van Allen to look at the sun. The kids also got a bag of gifts from the astronomy department as I am sure you have seen them at home. Here are the trivia questions I asked the students from Tuesday's trip...
Cornelia – Moon and Sun
1. Does the shadow of the earth create the phases of the moon? No
2. What does cause the different phases of the moon?
The sun is ALWAYS shining on half of the moon (remember: even a full moon is only a half lit moon!) however depending on where the moon is during it’s orbit around the earth, we will only see the section of the moon that is lit.
3. What time does the full moon rise? Sunset
4. What phase is it at when it rises at midnight? Last Quarter
5. What are the dots on the sun called and are they cooler or hotter? Sun spots and they are cooler
6. When we looked in the telescope Cornelia told us to look for fuzz around the outside of the sun. What were we looking for? Gas explosions
7. What is the dark part of the moon and is it newer or older than the other side? The dark areas are lava fields and that is the newer side of the moon.