Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Astronomy by David Rives

Monday night a 19 year old christian astronomer named David Rives brought his telescope to the Carpenter's. It was fun! You can visit David online at http://www.davidrivesministries.org He showed us a lot of pictures taken with the Hubble Space telescopes, gave a few facts about space and it's contents, then he hooked up his telescope to the screen and we looked at the moon. He also showed us a galaxy (I can't remember which one it was!). He was going to show us Mars, but by then the atmosphere had a lot of water in it, so we couldn't get a clear enough picture. Everything was put on the big screen, so we had a cool view. The only problem was, it was COLD outside!
Here's a few pictures.
David preparing his telescope.
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Pictures from the Hubble Telescope.
These pictures were taken in space, so there is no atmosphere interference
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No, those are not all individual stars. A long exposure reveals thousands of galaxies that normally cannot be seen. (http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/07/)
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Now for the pictures as seen through David's telescope.

David showing us craters and telling us the names of a lot of them...who cares to name all those?
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The moon is so far away, that the tiniest little jar to the telescope would make the moon look like it was shuddering.
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far away...just kidding.
This is the galaxy I can't remember the name of
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This shows how the other planets protect earth from debris
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