Young Observers Program
The junior section of MBO, known as Young Observers, is split into two age groups, with the younger “Novae” group for children aged 5 to 9, and the “Supernovae” group for older children aged 10 to 16. The age limit is flexible, but children will be expected to be able to concentrate and behave in a mature manner to be able to join the Supernovae group.
We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month, and cover a wide range of activities, such as looking at current missions exploring the solar system, learning about the planets and their moons, the constellations and their stars, how to find them in the sky and how the sky works. With the Supernovae group we go into a bit more depth, learning about the details of star charts so we can point the telescopes at faint objects, how stars work, and keep up with the latest news in the astronomy world. If the sky is clear one or two Dobsonian telescopes can be brought out to view the Moon, any planets or other seasonal highlights in the sky.
If you want to go beyond what the majority of the group is doing, experienced help and support is available to encourage you in your endeavours.
And there’s always food! Everyone brings along a plate of food to share – and with lots of hungry tummies there’s usually not much left at the end of the night! The activities are advertised in the weekly email, but you can also find more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so you can get a calendar invite.
Start times do vary so remember to check. As of summer 2019 the “Novae” run from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm and the “Supernovae” from 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm.