We started Dawn of IYA at 11 am, under sunny and cloudy sky. Aside of telescope, binocular, and sunglasses, we also brought “You Are Galileo Telescope”. Our purpose are to give insight and excitement on observing with small telescope. And we also share the knowledge of Galileo activities 400 years ago. "You Are Galileo Telescope” is a project from IYA JAPAN. It is a small telescope which is the same size as the one Galileo used 400 years ago. With this telescope, children could watch the same planets and objects Galileo once see through his scope. It is about experiencing again Galileo excitement when he pointed his telescope for the first time to the sky.
There are high curiosity about astronomy among visitors. Their first question were,” What are you doing here?” “what is this?”, “why you bring telescope during the day ?” Could we see something during daylight?” or “isn’t it dangerous to see the sun?”. The question rise from sun observation and telescope to global warming, dark skies issues, 2012 issues and extraterrestrial life. All these help us building awareness about astronomy and universe among public.
We gave chances for visitors to observe the sun and inform them about how to observe the sun. We also teach them about sundials. Among visitors there was astronomy teacher forum community whose very interested to know more about practical astronomy that they can shared with students. Most of our visitors were family with high interest on education session like this for children. It was great to see excitement and happiness in the children face as the parents also gave positive respond about this event and “You Are Galileo Telescope” brings excitement and curiosity about celestial objects.
At the end of my story I would like to add a comment from one of our visitor yesterday. He says," this is exciting to watch the sun and to have this event in a mall. I am happy to know there are scientist who come and visits us here to spread the knowledge. This is good for children".
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