Challenge: Explore the Sky ...and exoplanets!
Observe the sky with your students and identify planets, stars, and constellations!
About The Workshop
The Look Up Challenge, which we started last year is now the Challenge: Explore the sky... and exoplanets!
There are fascinating objects and phenomena to observe in the sky, day or night. Invite your students to observe the Sun, the different phases of the Moon, the planets of our Solar system, and the constellations like astronomers! This challenge will allow young people to deepen their knowledge of the sky, and thereby (re)connect them to nature. As a bonus, they will learn more about exoplanets: planets outside our Solar system!
Between November and January (2021-22), your students will be able to attempt nine observations, each visible to the naked eye for at least a few days —even in the city. They will track their progress by answering a question or making a sketch of their observation.
As a teacher, by registering for the challenge you will receive the activity sheet and all the documentation you need to carry out this activity with your students. In addition, we will write to you regularly to remind you of upcoming observations and give you tips for all nine challenges!
This activity is presented in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Exoplanets, as part of a NovaScience project funded by the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation du Québec.