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Let’s Discover: Astronomy

It’s a big world out there, and it’s our job at the Discovery Centre to help you “discover it”! And to help us do just that, we’re proud to introduce our new blog – Let’s Discover! In this blog, we will talk about interesting and fun science-based activities and ideas for you and your children. As Nova Scotia’s only hands-on Science Centre, it’s our mandate to make science and technology interesting, interactive and most of all fun – and we’ll keep those basic principles in mind in this blog.

So, what’s a cool thing to discover? How about astronomy?

On the next clear night in the HRM get outside and find the Big Dipper. Right now, it’s a little left of the North Star, and about the same distance on the other side and just below, there should be a big W shape. That constellation is called Cassiopeia. The reason you want to find her is that she’ll point you to some cool things. In the wee hours of the morning on August 13th, the Perseid meteor shower will peak in intensity. The showers appear to originate from near the constellation Perseus, which is just below Cassiopeia (she’s much easier to find, though) – and you can see a few of them for yourself, between July 17th and August 24th. It’s worth getting the kids out of bed, and you don’t even need a telescope!

Not sure where to look in the sky? Then bring the whole family to the Discovery Centre on any Wednesday or Friday in August, and check out Nova Scotia’s only digital planetarium for an up-close and illuminating introduction to astronomy.  

 

For more great things to discover – visit the Discovery Centre on Barrington Street in Halifax, check out their website  or join them on facebook.