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Eastern Connecticut Girl Scout
Astronomy Club


We currently have the following presentations on Celestia and badge workshops available for your Girl Scouts to view. Recommended ages are also listed. We can tailor the presentations somewhat to younger children if you are interested.

Topic Description Girl Scouts Time Required
Tour of the Solar System Covers the 8 major planets and up to their five largest moons. You'll be amazed at what's been discovered! Juniors 60 minutes
Mars - An Oceanic Planet Covers ancient Mars history and whether water once rained on Mars Cadets 45 minutes
Mars II - It's Dead, Jim, But was It Alive Is or was there Life on Mars? The latest information is covered with more evidence to think about. Cadets 45 minutes
The Messier Objects Travel at beyond warp speed to discover the beauty of the Universe as only the camera can capture. A photographic delight Daisies 45 minutes
What is a Telescope Learn about different types of telescopes, how they work, and how to set up the ECGSAC 117mm Celestron telescope Cadets 45 minutes
Space Exploration Earn your Space Exploration IP. We cover all the requirements plus some to earn this fun badge. We need a clear night with good viewing capability. Please contact us to arrange this. Cadets 2-4 hours
Navigating the Stars Learn how to find interesting objects without using expensive computer driven telescopes. You'll learn all about Right Ascension and Declination, using star charts, and how to use a planisphere to locate objects. Afterward you'll go outside and try to find an object using what you've learned Cadets 1 hour
Light Pollution 101 Learn what light pollution is and how you can help stop it. Daisies and Brownies 1 hour
Light Pollution 201 Learn what light pollution is and how you can help stop it. Learn how to take a light survey and how to fix lighting problems around your school and home.Note: This would make an excellent intoduction to earning the Girl Scout Silver Award Juniors and Cadets 1 hour

Celestia is the program we use for our "planeterium". It is free and open source.

If you would like us to cover some other astronomical subject please ask.