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 >