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Local kids explore the stars

Posted on Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Skyline Queenstown stargazing guides recently helped ten local kids to learn more about telescopes and our amazing skies as part of their study of space.

On Easter Saturday morning these mini-astronauts, backpacks filled with research and minds filled with questions, met with our stargazing staff to see a real-life telescope and ask some intense questions that had been playing on their minds:

"Why can we see the moon during the day?"

"So Jupiter is a gas planet, what would happen if we stood on it, would we fall through the surface?"

It was early on a Saturday morning for these intense questions, some of which Stephen Hawking is still trying to figure out!

Our stargazing guides were delighted to feed the curiosity of our little space enthusiasts, who were brought to Skyline Queenstown by Suzanne Green and her childcare business through Educarents.

Luckily the moon was on display in the northern horizon from Skyline’s viewing platform, so we got to see some extraordinary detail through our 11" telescopes. All in all, we learned lots and the kids left with some answers and more research to work on!

Learn more about Skyline Queenstown's stargazing programme at http://www.skyline.co.nz/queenstown/stargazing/

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