Explore the sky with a telescope

Show kids the importance of the sky and the atmosphere, which protects the Earth from harmful radiation and keeps the planet at a healthy temperature. Help them make a telescope to explore this important microhabitat

What you’ll need:
• 2 empty paper towel tubes
• Scissors
• Masking tape
• 2 convex lenses, for instance from old reading glasses
• Markers, crayons, stickers, and other crafty materials

 Explain to your child that telescopes work by making objects that are far away appear closer. Have them practice by placing their eye gently against the lens of the inner tube, aiming at something far away, then sliding the inner tube in and out until the image becomes clear. (You might want to remind them to never look directly at the sun.)

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