Scouts Space Night

If you are a uniformed group leader, feel free to share this event recording with your group. Live polls, chat and Q and A were used during the live event. You won’t see these interactive features on the recording but your group can still have a go at home by writing down their answers or talking to the person watching along with them.

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  1. Virtual Stargazing using Stellarium (you don’t need to download it to watch).
  2. Make your own handy solar system guide and use it to create a model at home.
  3. A fun space quiz! Download an offline version of the slides: Space Quiz [PDF/3 MB].

Each person watching from your group will need:

  • A piece of blank paper (at least A4 size) for drawing and a pencil.
  • A notebook and pen or pencil if you want to make notes for later and to write down your answers for the quiz.

Badge Requirements Covered

The webinar recording aims to cover those in bold alongside the What Next resources, specially chosen to help meet the rest.

  1. Show what you know about the night sky and why the pattern of stars changes, night by night, throughout the year.
  2. Learn the meaning of the terms celestial, equator, poles, circumpolar and zodiac.
  3. Build a model of the solar system using everyday materials found in the home, such as different size fruit or sports balls. Use an outside area to scale the solar system.
  4. Explain how the Moon affects the tides.
  5. Build a telescope from two cardboard tubes or two A4 pieces of black card, and lenses. Compare what you can see through a telescope and what you can see with the naked eye.
  6. Observe three constellations on a clear night and record what you saw. *virtually with Stellarium.
  7. Read a star map using a compass and red light. Compare the differences between using a star map and a normal map.
  8. Learn how to identify a satellite. How do you tell it apart from an aeroplane, star, planet or a meteor?

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What Next?

A list of handy online resources for you and your group. As these are external websites, we aim to check them regularly but please get in touch if you find any broken links:

What Next [PDF/629 KB]