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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
Galactic Explorer Patch Earn your Galactic Explorer Patch. We cover all the requirements plus some to earn this fun patch. The Galactic Explorer patch is a comprehensive look into astronomy. This is not an overnight patch but will take some time to accomplish. Download the notebook here: Please contact us to arrange this. Brownies +
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 + 1 hour
Humankind visits Pluto Learn and see the latest information and pictures coming from the New Horizons flyby of Pluto. The photographs taken in the Summer of 2015 will take about a year to completely download, so this presentation will be changing as new information becomes available. Juniors + 1 hour
Black Holes and Other Cosmic Absurdities Discover what happens when you enter a black hole (if you could). Learn about Dark Matter and Dark Energy, how we know they exist, and how much we really do know about the universe. Multiverses anyone? Juniors + 1 hour
Constellation Stories of the First Americans Discover Coyote - a famed First American god that was both a trickster and obnoxious complainer with little self control. Learn how the Holy Ones arranged the stars into deliberate shapes and how Coyote threw randomness into the mix. First American stories are far more gentle than the Greco/Roman stories and are much more suited to this younger age group. Daisy/Brownies 1 hour
Constellation Stories of the First Americans and Greek/Romans Learn how the stars were put in the skies by the Holy Ones and Coyote. Contrast the First American stories with the Greco/Roman modern constellations. Learn how to find the North Star and why it is important to night time navigation Juniors + 1 hour
Weird Moons, Minor Planets, and Asteroids Discover moons that are hollow, chock full of organic compounds, the "gasoline" moon, moons filled with liquid water, minor planets with giant mountains floating on liquid oceans, and how the asteroid belt was formed and evolved and what the asteroids are made of. Learn how NASA is planning on capturing an asteroid and bringing it back to Earth. Juniors + 1 hour

Note: programs with a + in the age group mean that it is tailorable to older girls and adults. Just because the recommended age group is for Brownies, we can make it even more interesting for older girls.

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.