Astronomy on the high seas

Hughes, Stephen W. & Rihani, Nadia (2010) Astronomy on the high seas. Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal, pp. 24-26.

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Abstract

This article describes the development and launching of a stargazing activity on two cruise ships, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Sun, which sail from Australian ports. The session included a presentation entitled “Voyage to the Stars” that gave passengers an overview of the life cycle of stars from star-birth nebulae to white dwarfs and black holes. In the presentation it was noted that ancient mariners used the celestial sphere to navigate. The presentation was followed by on-deck observing sessions in which objects shown in the presentation were viewed with the naked eye, binoculars and a small telescope. The activity seemed to be well received and resulted in numerous questions to the presenter of the activity. Many people said that the activity had kindled or rekindled their interest in astronomy.

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ID Code: 32955
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: astronomy, public outreach, cruise ship
ISSN: 1996-5621
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2010 01:15
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 13:51

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