Year 3F’s ‘Spacetacular’ Planetarium Incursion

In science this term, Year 3 have been study the Earth, Sun and Moon. Gary from the Sydney Planetarium came to our school on Thursday 8th November. He told us some amazing facts about space!

We went into a canvas space dome, we learned about the moon orbiting the earth and the earth orbiting the sun. We also learned about how the earth’s seasons work.

First, we were showed what space looks like. We were showed planets like Earth, the Sun, the Moon, Pluto, Uranus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn’s rings (and Saturn in itself), and Venus.

Question: Do you know how many earth’s can fit into our sun?

Secondly, we were shown a short cartoon about how the Earth’s seasons work. Two siblings named Max and Annie went into space with a intelligent robot named Kevin. They learned about planets and space.

We also learnt about constellations. Stars can make shapes if you do a dot to dot in your mind! If you look carefully you could find the Southern Cross.  Did you know that there are roughly 2 trillion galaxies in space?

We also learned when stars reach the end of their lives, they explode (also, sometimes when stars explode, they can rain gold!). Did you know that the Sun isn’t the biggest star in our universe? Did you know that smaller stars have longer lives than bigger stars?

We enjoyed this incursion lot! I enjoyed everything but it was heaps more fun because we got to go in a big canvas space dome (a mini, canvas planetarium). When we were shown the pictures of space it made me think  “God made all of this, isn’t this amazing, God made all of this,” over and over again. The one word to describe this incursion would be ‘spacetacular’!

Lila and Chelsea 3F

Answer : 1.2 million earths fit into our sun