Sierra Vista Cub Scouts recently learned about astronomy at an event held at the Patterson Observatory on the University of Arizona South Campus in Sierra Vista. About 70 people had the opportunity to use the observatory’s 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope as well as smaller telescopes set up outside provided by the Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona, said PSI Docent Bob Gent.
Participants were able to handle and examine meteorite samples. “I shared the Planetary Science Institute meteorite kit with Scouts,” Gent said. “They enjoyed holding chunks of Mars and the Moon among others.”
Above, Cub Scouts from Sierra Vista Cub Scouts of Pack 445 examine samples from a PSI meteorite kit.
Below, Scouts stand with the Old Barchas Telescope n the bay area of the Patterson Observatory.