Stargazing Evening – Explore our Galaxy, the Milky Way and the night sky

Our wonderfully changeable weather is likely to stop us from seeing actual stars tonight! However, there are great websites we can use to explore while we wait for the sky to clear.

=> Click the link to explore the Milky Way galaxy through real photographic images –> http://www.skysurvey.org/survey/


Here is where you can download Stellarium for free! -> http://www.stellarium.org/en_GB/

If you think you planet, stars, nebulae and galaxies are big, then investigate how small things can be as well! – > http://htwins.net/scale2/

Our Solar System is a huge and marvellous system of planets orbiting a Star, our Sun. But this enormous orbiting system is, as we know, part of the Milky Way Galaxy which contains between 200 – 400 billion stars. (200,000,000,000 – 400,000,000,00!).

Thats a lot of Stars! Each one of those stars could contain its own system of orbiting planets. Perhaps some are in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’. Do you remember what that means?

If you can begin to get your head around that many Stars, consider for a moment that the Universe contains billions and billions of different Galaxies! AMAZING!

This image shows what our Milky Way Galaxy looks like. Here is where we are roughly located:

milky_way_galaxy_sun05r_hurt2

The image shows The Milky Way Galaxy from the side is made from ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHS taken using a telescope

milky way side on<


Gravity

Not only have been learning about the huge amount of stars that are included in our galaxy, the Milky Way. We have been starting to investigate the incredible force which is Gravity! Issac Newton was one of the first people to really start asking questions about Gravity. He wanted to know why objects fall to Earth and why the Planets seemed to orbit the Sun. Watch the following video to find out more:

Newton’s theory of gravity ===> http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/universe/questions_and_ideas/gravity#p009gynr

If you want to see what the world would be like without gravity, watch this video of Professor Brian Cox!
=======> http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/universe/questions_and_ideas/gravity#p00frk7r

Enjoy!

Mr Davy

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25 Responses to “Stargazing Evening – Explore our Galaxy, the Milky Way and the night sky”

  1. Wow that is amazing

  2. Dear Mr Davy
    were is the french clip on the blog.
    From Esin

  3. christopher Says:

    Cool , great website links!

  4. It amazed my parents and Lucy.

  5. I love how you can look at stars whitch we have not seen in the galaxy.

  6. on my computer it says that it cant find the website.

  7. I like when the jet losses power and they float around.

  8. I like the big and small website because you can see things we dont know about.

  9. I like the video where the jet losses power power and the people float around.

  10. I love this video! My favourite part is when they meet the aliens and runs away!!

  11. It’s working now so I can use it
    It is very good

  12. This is an awesome topic Mr Davy. Can we learn about
    the Milkyway Galaxy? This is really interesting!!! πŸ™‚ x

  13. We enjoyed looking at this! I liked showing my mum the Zero G plane!

  14. Another name for the Zero G plane is the Vomit Comet! My dad and I watched videos on You Tube!

  15. My dad and I explored the night sky with The Sky Survey. We found Orion, The Big Dipper, Cassiopeia and The North Star which is called Polaris!

  16. Hi mr davy I loved the zero g video please can you put it on my blog also I showed my mum the videos. She said the music is not very exciting. But I loved them. πŸ™‚

  17. Mr davy can you tweet Brian cox to come to school or maybe he can come to our star gazing night please πŸ™‚

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