“Night At The Museum” Curriculum

As the title gives it away, the theme of Sara’s Elementary School Curriculum was “Night At The Museum” last night. Katelynn was actually more excited about last night’s event, than Sara. Sara saw it coming together over a couple of weeks. Katelynn knew it was about dinosaurs.

When we got up to the school, we still had to wait to let in. We showed up early to get a good parking spot. Once they let us in, Katelynn wanted to go straight to the exhibit in the cafeteria. As soon as she entered the room, her eyes went wide open. There were so many fossils and bones of Mesozoic Era. Dinosaur George was leading the exhibit. And there was a lot to look at for all of us. Katelynn and Sara could look and touch at a skull from a turtle that roamed the seas, when Texas was still covered by an ocean.

But there was more to see and to try out. After we all had a hotdog, we went to check out Egyptian history in the library. The girls tried to write their names in hieroglyphs. They also learned, that the ancient Egyptians were great Mathematicians, Scientists, and Astronomers. Speaking of astronomy: On the other side of the hallway was a little Planetarium. The students got a template with a constellation and a tooth pick. When they entered the tent, which was a black tarp, they could poke holes in the form of a star constellation. There was light above the tent, and it really looked like they are stargazing. I loved that idea, since it is in my alley. 😉

Since the school is in its second year of the Texas Motor Speedway/NASCAR reading competition, some parents, students and teachers made box cars last week. A lot of them had really cool designs and were funny as well.

The 6th Curriculum Night of Sara’s Elementary school turned out very good. They also seem to improve and have a higher turnout, every year. We really enjoyed it. Katelynn was very excited. And Sara has lots of study material for future school projects.

Waxing Crescent Moon In January 2018


Waxing Crescent Moon on January 23, 2018

Mark your calendar for January 31, 2018. In eight more day, people will experience a triple treat in most parts of our planet. Next Wednesday, we will still have a perigee Moon (Supermoon), a Blue Moon (second Full Moon in a month) and a Lunar Eclipse. But until then, we can enjoy the waxing Moon on those clear evenings.

Constellation Orion In The January Night Sky

The night is cool and clear. And it will take until the early morning hours, before the waning crescent Moon will rise. Our Star Spangled Banner is waving in the breeze. It is a perfect opportunity to photograph the star constellation Orion in the January night sky.

For a better view feel free to visit my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38967074804/in/album-72157686994312444  https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38967075774/in/album-72157686994312444

Luna & The Planets

Since last weekend, I keep an eye on the Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Last Sunday, the two planets almost “touched” each other, they were so close from our view on Earth. The view distance was less than half of the Moon diameter.  This morning, the Moon was in a perfect position to capture a photo of all three celestial objects.


Luna, the Red Planet, and the Gas Giant danced together in today’s morning sky.

I always shrink my pictures to a medium size. Therefore you really can’t see Mars in this photo. For a better photo view, you might like to check out my link on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38735737935/in/album-72157686994312444/

The Full Wolf Perigee Moon


The first Full Moon of 2018

Today we celebrate New Year and the first Full Moon of the year 2018. In January it is closest to Earth of this year. Luna will only be 221,559 miles (356,565 kilometers) from our planet at 8:24 pm CST (Central Standard Time in the US), tonight. On average, the moon is about 238,000 miles (382,900 km) from Earth. That’s why we call it a “Supermoon”. On January 31, 2018 we will have a Full Blue Moon, which will also be a “Supermoon”.