Spot the Space Station
Above our heads, a space station with humans on it goes around Earth. And you can see it fly overhead with the naked eye.
In this fun, 90-minute outdoor workshop from Jeanne-Mance Park, I'm going to teach you how to see it.
In 1998, the first piece of the International Space Station was sent into Earth orbit. Since the year 2000, humans have had a constant presence in space, with people orbiting Earth on the space station.
The space station is huge: about the size of a football field. Its large solar panels reflects so much light, that we're able to see it as a bright dot moving across the sky for about 5 minutes.
What You'll Learn
- what the International Space Station is and what it does
- how Canada is involved in the ISS
- why we see the ISS
- the speed that the ISS goes around Earth
- how to use the free ISS Detector app
- 8:00 PM: meet at Parc Jeanne-Mance
- 8:05 PM: begin teaching about the Space Station
- 8:15 PM: begin teaching how to use the ISS Detector app
- 8:45 PM: bring out telescope to look at the Moon and planets
- 9:05 PM: the ISS flies overhead
- 9:30 PM: wrap up workshop
Extra! The Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn
During this workshop, I'm going to bring my telescope for you to get close-up views of the Moon and the planets.
Your host is me, Trevor Kjorlien, the founder of Plateau Astro! I'm an amateur astronomer with a passion for teaching about space in practical and interesting ways.
I began organizing Moonrises on top of Mont-Royal since 2013. In 2018, I began Plateau Astro, showing people the Moon and the planets with my telescope in the street. In 2019, I began hosting National Geographic ObservÉtoiles in Sutton, Québec.
In 2020, I began doing live streams through the pandemic teaching about space. Since then, I've been doing outdoor workshops teaching about Sunsets, Moonrises, telescopes, and more...