Party Time – Astronomy Style!
So you want to invite some friends over and you need a theme for your party. Why not make it as big as the universe, and take your guests on a view of the cosmos? It’s fun, it’s easy, and you don’t need a degree in the finer points of astrophysics (although that could be a hoot as well). The goal is for everyone to have a good time and not necessarily to earn three college credits in astronomy when the night is done. So let’s get started.
We often just assume that our Earth is a puny little rock and these massive objects meander around the galaxy swallowing up unsuspecting planets. This is not the case, black holes can have massive mass but are only physically very small, as are neutron stars and white dwarfs.
To find Matariki you have to get up before dawn and catch this beautiful cluster rising just before the Sun. The sky will be brighter because of the approaching dawn so Matariki can be tricky to spot if you don't know where to look. This video shows you how to find Matariki.
In this little video we'll show you how to find the beautiful Sombrero Galaxy. This is easy to spot and is a very distinctive looking galaxy. The galaxy is about 28 million light years away near the constellation of Corvus. We start by showing you how to find Corvus and assume you already know how to find the Southern Cross. If you don't know how to find the Southern Cross then watch our video called "How to Find The Southern Cross". Try this out and let us know if you found the Sombrero Galaxy.