After just a short walk from York, the 6th graders in Ms. Kassai’s Earth Science class wound up on a launch pad ready for lift off on their field trip to the moon. The first of April found these young explorers at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in the American Museum of Natural History where people of all ages can learn about the 13-billion-year history of the cosmos.
In their classes the students have been learning all about the Moon, its phases, and its relationship with the Earth. The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, located on the lower level of the Rose Center, offers up all of the modern discoveries of astrophysics, including a special section on the Moon with a touchable bronze Moon model and an actual Moon rock retrieved by Apollo 15 astronauts. Though the Moon is a dead world, with no atmosphere or water to support life, it still provides for fascinating subject matter. The 6th graders got to witness this through a live dome show in the immersive setting of the Hayden Planetarium.
After their mission to the moon the students ventured even further into outer space while watching the newest Hayden Planetarium Space Show, Dark Universe. Narrated by the director of the planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dark Universe transports viewers 100 million light years away from Earth with a hyper-realistic view of the planets, stars, and galaxies rendered through the use of the Digital Universe Atlas, a scientifically accurate 3D map of the observable universe. What better way for a science class to prepare for its next unit on Astronomy than by travelling through the universe and back again all before lunch?