Hello, my name is Sophie and I am eight years old.
On Saturday, 23 August, my Grandma took me to the Seething Observatory
to an event organised by the Norwich Astronomical Society. It was
I first became interested in the planets a few
years ago when my aunty Laura brought me a book on the planets for
We did a planet project at school and I have a
big poster of the solar system in my room and glow in the dark stars
on the ceiling!
At the event on Saturday I enjoyed the planetarium
the most. We all sat down while the man talked to us, gradually
the lights faded and the stars came out. It was fantastic.
I also like the telescopes. We were lucky and
looked at the sun using a special lens to protect our eyes. We saw
solar flares and sun spots which are bigger than earth.
word of warning: NEVER look directly at the Sun, with or without
telescopes. It is very dangerous.
We listened to Jupiter on the radio telescope,
and learnt that it is the noisiest planet.
I learnt about Mars being closest to earth for
60,000 years. You should be able to see Mars in the evening sky
now, but every time I look it has been cloudy.
There were lots of activities, like colouring,
word searches, pin the tail on the comet, a competition to make
a rocket from card tubes, lolly sticks, paper and things like that.
I liked my rocket, but didn't win.
There was a lot to do, watch and listen to. I learnt
so much at the event about our planets and the sun. It was a really
Now I think I would like a bigger telescope than
the one I have. I can only see to the end of our garden!
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