Earth Hour 2013: Post Activity Reflection

Preparation for the event started at late evening,where our members set up the telescopes and members from the Board Games Club did their necessary preparation as well. Sadly, due to the bad weather, the sky wasn’t clear and there wasn’t much we can see through the telescopes.

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Su Jun, our president trying to align the telescope!

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Another group of us trying to balance the mount.

Though the sky wasn’t clear, we still manage to see the moon through the scope and took photo of it.

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(Photo Credit to Yu Bin’s Earth Hour Moon)

One simply never get sick of looking at the moon! ^.^

We played a few rounds of board game after ob-ing and without knowing, it was already more than half way through the event already. Sadly, there wasn’t any photo showing us playing the board game.

Next, we had fun playing with laser pointer and started messing around with it.

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Attempt to write out NP ASTRO.

Well, that’s roughly what we did during that night, it would have been more awesome if the weather’s better..but I’m pretty sure we all had fun that night!

Also, special thanks to all that make this event possible, NP Board Games Club and those who have attended !

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An introduction to Astronomy

Astronomy is the oldest science, with the first observations of the heavens conducted by our early human ancestors. Historical records of astronomical measurements date back as far as Mesopotamia nearly 5000 years ago, with later observations made by the ancient Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks. Humans seek to explain their world with (internal) models; one of the earliest is that the affairs of humans and the world are controlled by the positions of the stars and planets. Although astrology is now regarded as a pseudoscience it was the original motivation for the mapping of the stars and the assignment of constellations.

Astronomy is more than simply a mapping of stars and planets into outlines of gods and magical creatures. It is the scientific study of the contents of entire Universe – stars, planets, comets, asteroids, galaxies, and space and time – as well as its history.

NPAstro provides a platform for students to gather and learn and share about the history, culture and science of this vast universe. This CCA will be teaching about the types of objects that are common in the Singapore skies, how to get started with a telescope, and more advanced activities like astrophotography to which the newcomer can aspire.