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The holidays is an opportunity to go to bed a little later in the evening! Why not organize a vigil to watch the stars all together? They will love! On July 28,29 and July 30, 2017, enjoy the Night of the Stars!
Vigil, instructions for use!
- Where to organize the vigil? On the terrace. With your adults aged 5-6 who have exceptionally had a long nap in the afternoon. Prepare a festive table with flowers and candles. Serve the rosé for adults, a little strawberry juice in a pitcher of water for children! Play the yes-no, the Chinese portrait (if it was an animal?), Evoke memories of your childhood, your nonsense ... your children love it so much.
- What do we do ? We observe the stars, well wrapped up in blankets. Explain to your little astronomers that these big balls of hot gas are very high, even higher than the Sun, which is also a star. The light of the stars sometimes takes thousands of years to reach us. That of the Sun takes eight minutes ... time to go to school or take a shower! There is one that starts to flicker? This is the Shepherd's Star. In fact, she's called a star, but it's Venus, a planet. We must wait a little longer to see others shine ... Look for the Big Dipper together. It's a constellation.
- Explain that by connecting its seven bright stars, it looks like a saucepan. Tell that in ancient times Hera was jealous of the beautiful Callisto that Zeus also loved. So, furious, Hera changed the princess into a bear! Too difficult to find this Big Dipper? Scream the sky, you will surely see a shooting star, especially these three nights to come. Quick, a wish! No, do not say anything, it's a secret.
Observation of the stars with your children
- The moon : it has different phases, that is to say, several appearances according to its position. Sometimes she sees herself and sometimes not. When it is visible, it appears either as a crescent or as a full moon, depending on its movement around the Earth.
- Shooting Stars : if you suddenly see a more or less brilliant object that crosses the sky and disappears a few seconds later, it is probably a shooting star. This dust, as big as a grain of sand, enters the atmosphere and burns. It's time to make a wish, but shhh, do not say it! Difficult for a toddler.
- The planets : early in the evening, we can observe Venus, one of the few planets that can be seen with the naked eye. More known as the "Shepherd's Star", she is the neighbor of the Earth. If the sky is dark, you may also admire Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and sometimes Uranus.
- The constellations: a constellation is a set of stars more or less extended that takes a particular form. The most famous is the constellation Ursa Major in the Northern Hemisphere. It is easily recognized by the seven stars that make it up and give it a pot shape.
Star Night, think about it!
On 28.29 and 30 July 2017, the Nuits des étoiles sites welcome you all over France. Hundreds of volunteer animators, amateur astronomers are waiting to tell you the sky and make you dive into the Milky Way.
Find the closest entertainment center near you, go to : www.afanet.fr