During their first session, SCATS Astronomy students visited Hardin Planetarium to identify the constellations and planets they will see in the early-June night sky. They will attend a “star party,” also known as a nighttime observing session, later this week.
What energy these students have! Black holes, quasars, and extraterrestrial life were already on their minds, and students were already finding like-minded classmates with whom to debate the origins of the universe. However, first things first — they created star maps, or planispheres, with which to navigate the night sky.