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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Beautiful Moon

The moon looked like a giant snowball last night. It made me happy just to look at it.

Did you know that you can take a photo of the moon? NASA's Educational Resource Center works with a group called the Micro Observatory. Their "Observe with NASA" (OWN) program connects you with an online telescope. We have taken many pictures with OWN.

After you check with an adult to make sure it is okay, you can take a picture, too. Just go to http://mo-www.harvard.edu/OWN/. You will need to type in your email address and a little personal information, so please ask your mom, dad, or teacher to help you.

The program is free. The website has great information about telescopes. It even has a section for projects and activities.

Once you're on the site, click "Control Telescope." Then you can choose the object you would like to "observe" or photograph. You can choose the moon, or galaxies, or stars. Just follow the online instructions. The next day, Micro Observatory will email your picture to you. This photo is the one that we took last night.

Hope that you have as much fun as we do!

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