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Hello Fellow Earthlings,

I’m Peter Newsom and welcome to Peter’s Telescope – a web site I created for my sixth grade Universe Project. My science teacher, Mrs. Gardner, encouraged us to be creative – so I decided to go with a web site, instead of something I had to physically put together. This way I don’t have to go up and down the aisles at Joann Fabrics, with my mom, trying to find stuff to stick on a poster and eventually getting glue all over my fingers and a headache from the magic marker fumes.

As I created this web site, my dad helped me with some of the technical stuff and showed me how to place images and videos on a web page (it’s really not that hard) – and offered ideas on how to educate people, while also entertaining them. And my mom edited some of the articles I wrote – and helped me shorten some of the information I found on the Internet. I’m learning more and more about using the web to tell stories using words, images and videos – and it’s a lot of fun.

Getting back to the world of astronomy, if you want to see the planets and stars, up close – with a telescope a whole lot bigger than the one I use – there is a really cool place you can go to, just ten minutes from our classroom – the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory.

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory


Right here in Williamson County, you can attend the Dyer Observatory’s Telescope Night – on the Second Friday of every month, from March through November, and look through their big telescope and see planets and distant galaxies. Your parents will need to make reservations, but let them know – it’s FREE! http://www.dyer.vanderbilt.edu
For reservations: lynn.d.mcdonald@vanderbilt.edu

If you really like astronomy, you might also want to check out the Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Museum. One of their new shows is called STARS. It focuses on the lives of the stars, how they are born, how they die, and how human understanding of the stars has changed over time. You can click HERE to watch the Movie Trailer.

You might also want to check out two Nashville-area astronomy societies who offer free events where you can view the sky and learn more about our universe.

The Barnard Seyfert Astronomical Society

The Cumberland Astronomical Society

FINAL NOTE: I have to admit that this web site wouldn’t have been so big – if I hadn’t been sick, at home, with Strep Throat – off and on, for about a week. I was bored and all there was to do was sleep, watch television and use the computer. My parents always say, “There is a silver lining to every cloud”. Well, I guess this web site is my silver lining. I hope you enjoy it.

Aloha,

Peter Newsom
peternewsomsoccer@gmail.com
Team: Yellow
Home Room: Koehler

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