Jan 24, 2009: Girl Scout Overnight Astronomy Camp (VIII)
Jan 25, 2009
The RIT Observatory has hosted several special events
for local Girl Scouts recently:
Our latest overnight camp took place on January 24, 2009,
when the skies were clear early, but the temperature was
a frigid 10 Fahrenheit during the early evening.
As a result, we decided to stay indoors and do some
educational activities that wouldn't risk frostbite.
You can look at
our schedule for the night (and next morning).
We arranged the Scouts into four groups and
rotated them through a set of four activities.
- Jake Noel-Storr (CIS) helped the
Scouts create a scale model of the planets in the
- Adam and Nick, members of the RIT Insight Lab,
took the Scouts on a tour of the
solar system and the Milky Way using
"The Cube", an immersive theatre.
- Meghan Dorn (Imaging Science major)
explained how telescopes work, and gave the
Scouts a chance to use one.
- Michael Richmond (Physics)
explained how scientists use spectral analysis
to determine its chemical makeup of the Sun and stars.
The Scouts tried to identify four mystery elements
via their spectra.
For more information
- Resources for spectral analysis
Last modified 1/25/2009 by MWR