It was great to see so many familiar faces back at Young Observers on Saturday to start the year off, and we also welcomed some new ones. We weren’t able to do any viewing with telescopes because of daylight savings but we still had plenty to talk about. There was the news from over the summer break to catch up on and we started to look at the periodic table as part of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. We can’t really talk astronomy without mentioning them, they are important part of what we do! The older Supernovae group also did a quick refresher on how the stars are named.
As mentioned to members attending on the night, there are a couple of special nights we’ve already got highlighted in the year ahead:
May 4th: A Star Wars themed night! Think exoplanets and far, far away distances
June 22nd: Not a regular Young Observers night but the Belgrave Lantern Parade. We will need helpers, as we are making new lanterns this year.
July 6th: We will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first man on the Moon this night.
Oct 5th: International Observer the Moon Night. With a first quarter Moon we will be looking moon-wards this night as well.
And there will be lots more not mentioned, as this year is also the International Year of Indigenous Languages, so we have some new star names to learn along the way, too.