Today, we learnt about the sun. We learnt about how the sun came to be, the effects that the sun has on earth, like solar storms, which can cause electrical appliances to fail, radiation emitted from the sun that keeps the earth warm. We also watched a few videos that describes the various effects of the sun and how it can impact earth. We also did kahoots based on the things we learnt in today's lesson and last week's lesson.
We also went out to view the sun through a telescope.
It was intriguing to be able to view the sun up close with a telescope without damaging our eyes.
I learnt how the fox hunting can be conducted more effectively and the different aspects of the telescope and how they work together. For example, I learnt how to draw the ray diagrams of multiple lenses. I also learnt about the solar system like how planets are formed and some of the harsh environments of other planets.
I should place the transmitters in an open space and away from metal so that it is easier to detect the signal. I also need to look at the number of the transmitter that I am placing.
In my opinion, the trip was enjoyable and I learnt a lot from it. I also got to experiment with different things.
We attended a lesson on radios and how to draw ray diagrams and how it can be used in telescopes. We also watched the dipole radio being set up and the data being logged into a software.
Then, we watched The Martian, which was about a man trapped on Mars and how he survives. We also went fox hunting, but this time I was the hunter. I had troubles locating the transmitter as the signal was either too consistent or too inconsistent.
After fox hunting, we set up the Powerseeker and took pictures of ourselves.
I think the fox hunting problem was due to the signal reflecting off the walls, so we did not know where the signal truly came from. I learnt how the principles of ray diagrams, optics and lenses can be applied to making a telescope. I can better understand how telescopes and other equipments that use rays work.
We attended RI Astronite in 2017, we mainly attended multiple lectures. We learnt about multiple astronomy theories and facts. I felt that it was very interesting that the RI students came up with a creative introduction to the lectures. After that, we went for stargazing on the roof of RI.