Bringing the Universe in Focus– Through the lens of a telescope

by  Space Center Houston

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The very first telescope dates back to 1608?with the Dutch eyeglass maker?Hans?.?Within days?Galileo?further refined the instrument?and pointed it skyward,?opening up a whole new world. Among his observations were?the?mountains and?craters on the moon,?the rings of?Saturn?and the sunspots on Jupiter’s moons.?From these modest?beginnings?we now have?massive Earth based telescopes, telescopes mounted on planes,?as those stationed in space including the?Hubble telescope. And next year will be launching the?James Webb Space?telescope which will?have?the ability to see images from baby galaxies!?Join us as we investigate different types of telescopes, their missions?and how they all help us to unravel the mysteries of the universe!??????

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Multipoint: $185.00
Point to Point: $185.00
By Request: $185.00


45-50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Space Center Houston

Houston, TX
United States

Houston, Texas is Space City, USA and Space Center Houston is America's gateway to the universe!

As the Official Visitor Center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space.

Since 1992, this $75 million, 180,000 square foot, 'edu-tainment' complex has entertained and informed over 11 million star-struck guests from every corner of the globe.

Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions, theatres and exhibits. In addition, the venue presents an amazing array of traveling exhibits and astounding events created exclusively by SCH's own creative exhibit team. SCH always has a new exhibit or attraction to enjoy.

Angela Case

Program Details


The program will begin with a look at Skylab, America?s first space station.
We will then have a discussion about exploration, the night sky, and the Earth?s place in the Universe.
We will then explore light movement in space with an interactive activity.
Next, we will discuss the number of stars in the sky with a demonstration the participants will do.
A discussion of models will occur, while participants see if they know how far stars are from the sun.
The program will conclude with question and answer.


Participants will explore stars and the sun as well as their place in the Universe.
Participants will actively engage in demonstrations to learn about the night sky and the vastness of the Universe.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of
Properties of objects and materials
Position and motion of objects
Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism


As a result of their activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of
Properties of earth materials
Objects in the sky
Changes in earth and sky

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop
Abilities of technological design
Understanding about science and technology
Abilities to distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans

As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of
Science as a human endeavor

Additional cross-curricular standards covered. Will provide detailed standards list.