Manaakitanga visited the Stardome Observatory at Maungakiekie today as part of their Solar System topic for Science. Here are what some of the children learnt:
“Gravity is the things that keep the Solar System working.” – Claudia.
“I learned that when you look up at the sky during the night you can see some of the planets. It is just that when you look from far away the planets look stars.” – Bestin.
“It would take about 8 minutes for the light from the Sun to reach Earth.” – Eleni.
“The first thing that I learnt today is that Jupiter has the most moons. It has sixty-seven moons.” – Harmony.
“Our Sun is a yellow dwarf star and contains 99.86 percent of all the mass in Solar System.” – Delveen.
“The planets are far away from each other.” – Rhoda.
“I found out how stars are formed. Stars are formed when very large clouds of cold gas- a nebula become unstable and collapse under gravity. The trigger for this collapse could be THE SHOCK WAVE of a nearby GALAXY!” – Ethan.