SELF-GUIDED Night Sky Tour: March Moon Madness
Saturday, March 28
Due to JSP’s decision to temporarily suspend all in-person programming due to COVID-19, our monthly Night Sky Tour with Dan Price will not take place at the Park. Instead, we encourage you to explore the night sky from the comfort of your own backyard! This month’s Night Sky Tour was to focus on the moon. Below you can find links to a family-friendly moon educational activity, art activity, and night sky observation. If you do any of the activities suggested below, snap a picture or film a video & share your fun on social media by tagging Josephine Sculpture Park!
- Educational Activity: Watch this 3 min kid-friendly video to learn about Moon Phases. Then, explore The Moon’s Phases in Oreos. (These activities are from NASA.)
- Art Activity: Have you ever done moon journaling? Here’s how it works: go outside when it’s dark, look up at the moon, draw it on a piece of paper or in your journal, and write some thoughts or observations that come to you during the experience! A great writing prompt to accompany your drawing is: Write a list of “I wonders” about the moon or your moon viewing experience. Let your imagination take you! Then, you can use this list to do further exploration and research. If you enjoy this experience, consider moon journaling every night this week to track how the moon changes (just be sure to write the date and time of each drawing!).
- Observation: The simplest way to observe the Moon is simply to look up! The Moon is the brightest object in our night sky, the second brightest in our daytime sky and can be seen from all around the world. If you have a telescope (or even binoculars), check out the NASA Night Sky Network’s Skywater’s Guide to the Moon to help you make sense of what you see. You can even take a virtual field trip and explore in detail the moon’s surface and more online using Goolge Moon.
Other Resources to Explore the Night Sky at Home
- There are tons of great, free stargazing apps. Many folks recommend SkyView Lite to start.
- NASA’s Space Place is the go-to site for activities and resources for kids, families and educators to explore astronomy.
- Check out NASA Solar System Ambassador and JSP Partner, Dan Price’s Starpointe Astronomy blog about “Astronomy at Home”. Dan creates blog content weekly and will add an observing section so people know what to look for in the sky.
- You can also read Dan Price’s astronomy columns that appear weekly in the State Journal (Frankfort), the Sentinel News (Shelbyville), and the Kentucky Standard (Bardstown).
- And of course, there’s the NASA website. It’s your gateway to everything spacey.
Feel free to contact Dan Price with any specific questions at [email protected] JSP is part of the NASA Museum Alliance! More dates to be scheduled throughout the year.
If you appreciate the virtual resources that we share, please consider donating online. We request a $10 donation for in-person Night Sky Tours at the Park. JSP programs are sponsored in part by Expree Credit Union. Thank you!