Fairgrieve Elementary students recently explored outer space without having to leave their school gymnasium.
Thanks to a visit from the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES’ mobile planetarium, Fairgrieve first graders were able to “see” the sun up close and fifth graders were able to better visualize galaxies.
Both topics are a part of the New York State Learning Standards for their respective grade levels.
The planetarium featured a model to help explain the nighttime sky as planetarium specialist John Behn provided the fifth graders with various astronomy definitions, a review of constellations and introduction to different galaxies, including the fact that 90 percent of the universe’s galaxies have yet to be observed.
“We’re just a small, tiny spec in the universe,” he said.
Several students were most excited about their recognition of various constellations, especially the Big Dipper.