Re: Eclipse Party

From: L*y Marske <>
Subject: Re: Eclipse Party
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 1996 23:41:35 -0700

Dave and anyone else interested,
     Thank you for all the information and lesson ideas for a lunar 
eclipse party.  I think I'm going to go ahead with it and follow one of 
the lessons presented.  I would be interested in collaborating with other 
teachers, especially 6th grade and share information.  I'm sending the 
letter and the worksheet for recording the data etc. in case anyone's 
interested.  By the way does anyone know if the eclipse begins at 10:30 
or is total at 10:30.  And is that Eastern daylight time, Central 
daylight time or what?  I left that blank to be filled in later.
Let me know who's interested.
Lucy Marske
Sioux Center Middle School
Sioux Center, IA  51250

Dear 6th graders and parents,

You are invited to a lunar eclipse party Thursday night, Sept. 26.  We 
will meet at the football field north of the middle school.  If you
can't attend, you are invited to "join" us by having your own party at 
your home.

We will meet at  ________, and we will end a short time after the 
complete lunar eclipse about ___________.

The following activities will be part of the party:
	1.  A star count during the full moon and during the total 
	2.  A rating of the observation of the lunar eclipse.
	3.  Sharing of the data with other students in the country.

The following is the procedure for the star counts:
	Using an empty paper towel or toilet tissue roll, students will 
hold up the roll at 25 varying positions in the sky and count the
number of stars they see within the "viewer".   Using a formula, students 
will be able to estimate the number of stars seen in the sky.
Use the following table for the data:
Position     		Number of stars	   	 Number of stars
			Full moon		Total lunar eclipse
_________________________________________________________________________1. Northern sky
a.			___________		___________
b.			___________		___________
c.			___________		___________
d.			___________		___________
e.			___________		___________
2. Eastern Sky
a.			___________		____________
b.			___________		____________
c.			___________		____________
d.			___________		____________
e.			___________		____________
3. Southern Sky
a.			___________		____________
b.			___________		____________
c.			___________		____________
d.			___________		____________
e.			___________		____________
4. Western Sky
a.			___________		____________
b.			___________		____________
c.			___________		____________
d.			___________		____________
e.			___________		____________
5. Straight above
a.			___________		____________
b.			___________		____________
c.			___________		____________
d.			___________		____________
e.			___________		____________
TOTAL			___________		____________
MULTIPLY BY 25		___________		____________
MULTIPLY BY 700		___________		____________
(estimate of total stars)

Rate your observation of the total lunar eclipse by circling the one that 
fits the best:
	0 = Almost invisible
	1 = gray-brown with a few details visible
	2 = more obvious dark red color with a light rim
	3 = brighter red color with the moon easily visible
	4 = brilliant orange