After Pascoe Vale Girls College have a viewing night, the girls are asked to write a report on the evening and I thought I would share some of them with you.
From Rebekah in year 9
“On Tuesday my dad and I went with a few other girls and their families to the telescope night. The conditions for star gazing were perfect, clear skies and nice temperature. We saw Saturn, Mars, the Wild Duck Cluster, Jewel Box Cluster, Alpha Centauri and Omega Centauri.
We also saw the International Space Station move across the sky from West to South in only a matter of minutes! How fast!
Thank you to Melbourne University for allowing us to use your telescope, and thank you to the science teachers for organising these great events.”
From Taniya also in year 9;
On the 11th September some of my classmates and I came back to school for a viewing night. It was warm and really dark that night. The purpose of the viewing night was to look at some of the planets and stars through the telescope that is on loan to us from the University of Melbourne.
Mrs O’Keefe was in charge of the telescope. It was so cool to see the telescope move by itself. The first thing we saw was Alpha Centauri, one of the pointers near the Southern Cross and also the closest star to Earth. Then we saw some of the planets – Saturn and Mars. The view in the telescope was so clear we actually saw the two rings of Saturn. After looking at the planets we saw the Wild Duck Cluster, we thought the stars were in the shape of a duck. We also saw the Jewel Box Cluster and Omega Centauri. While we were out looking at the telescope, we saw the International Space Station fly across the night sky.
After looking at the stars and the planets we went inside and had biscuits and coffee. My family and I really enjoyed the night. I would like to thank the students from Melbourne University and our science teachers. After all it was an awesome night.”
From Cansu studying Year 12 Physics
After attending these viewing nights, I’ve come to really enjoy Physics. Seeing the planets and different forms of stars that are out there with our own eyes, rather than just through the images that we are presented with on the internet is an unreal feeling. I know that if I had the opportunity to experience something like this earlier on, perhaps in year 7 or 8, I would’ve been a lot more interested in Physics, and Science in general. It really opens up your eyes to the beautiful world that is beyond, and I really encourage everyone to get out and see the beautiful sights for yourselves at one of the viewing nights.
It is wonderful to see the students having a great time, getting to see some amazing sights and developing a respect, if not love for Science and Astronomy in particular. Thank you to the girls for taking the time to write their reports. It is always lovely to read them.