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Invite an Alien to Astronomy Night

by: Donna Governor and Pebble Richwine

Dozens of inflatable aliens recently “descended” upon the authors’ middle school to kick-off their first school-wide Astronomy night. With an estimated attendance of over 500, their eighth-grade students hosted over a dozen activity-rich sessions designed to entertain and educate students and their families about the wonders of the solar system and beyond. From the Galilean moons of Jupiter, to the farthest reaches of our galaxy, space science intrigued learners of all ages and was the perfect theme for this family night event. Here the authors share their “stellar” experience, and include a detailed description of the activities from the Astronomy Night sessions.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2007Stock # ss07_031_03_47Volume 031Issue 03

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