the Marfa 1st and 2nd grade see the sun

In 1612, Galileo made drawings of sunspots.  These are my favorite drawings.  The collection, published in 1613, was paramount in progressing human understanding of the star around which we orbit.  They introduce a new era of seeing.

These drawings were the root of today's project for the 1st and 2nd grades at MISD.  Students created diagrams to fill with sunspots they observed through a telescope (outfitted with a special safety filter!  do not look at the sun!)  The students discovered the sun is not yellow or orange with streaming rays, it looks white!  It is a sphere or circle, and there are sunspots on it that move.

The Sun Today 02.10.2015 >