Today we arrived a little too late for Planets of the Sun at the planetarium so I got tickets for the too-old-for-her Mr. Hubble's Universe show. You can't get up into the Planetarium without tickets for a show (which are free for members - yay!) and I figured she'd like some of the other stuff:
- A 40 minute dark sky Planetarium show in the Orthwein StarBay including a live presentation The Sky Tonight which explores the current evening's night sky wonders
- In between star shows take a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station and learn about living and working in space
- Try your hand at various space missions in the SBC Learning Center (for Ada's age this means floor puzzles of the solar system and velcro planets to attach to orbits).
We skipped the Discovery Room today and went to a gravity presentation (the apple splat from 4 stories up with a big hit) and a pharmacology demonstration (too shy, total bust). But mostly we stayed in the Planetarium.
I might have mentioned that Ada loves outer space. She also loves oceans, dinosaurs, and fairies, so she's fairly well diversified. But space is something special for Ada. She likes nonfiction books about space, she has a mobile of the solar system hanging in her room, she can name all the planets and tell you a little something about each of them, she knows that blue stars are hotter than red stars, and so on.
Our good friend, Jessica, was reading to Ada one night when Ada decided to test her babysitter. "What's that?" she asked, pointing to a picture of a solar flare.
"That's a ray of sunlight," Jessica suggested. A completely appropriate response to a two-year-old, I might add.
"No, it's not. That's plasma shooting out." Also true.
Ada knows about the storm on Jupiter, the fact that Uranus has rings, and that it's windy on Neptune. She even knows why Mars looks red.
So we're watching the Night Sky presentation in the planetarium and there's no one else there, just the two of us and the astronomer who's being a good sport putting on the show for such a small audience. I'm digging it and Ada is listening quietly (except for periodic soft bursts of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). I don't know how much she's tracking about the heights of the sun at various times of year but she's really really into the red star that flies all over the whole sky.
The astronomer's laser pointer.