Explore Impact Craters in Astronomy Camp

Photo taken by Sabra Anne

Photo taken by Sabra Anne

March 19, 2017| Categories: Astronomy Camp, Learning, Planetarium News

Are you getting excited for Astronomy Camp? Here at the Fairbanks Museum, we’re planning to spend some time learning about one of the most recognizable features amongst our solar system: impact craters. More importantly, the large, complex depressions that form from meteors colliding into solid objects, such as planets and moons.

In fact, impact craters are more complex than you may think. To help us understand, we’ll explore our own Moon’s rocky surface by taking a look at the different kinds of craters that took place during its 4.6 billion year evolution.

Even Earth is known for 190 identified impact craters, the most famous of which is called the Chicxulub crater in Mexico, the one that resulted in the mass extinction of dinosaurs. Although we are far from any posing threat from such large meteors, they do still take place, on Earth, Mars, Saturn’s moons – all over really!

To help develop our observation skills, part of our exploration of impact craters will involve making craters of our very own! There is still room for more students, so be sure to fill out an application for your child today!

Astronomy Camp takes place on April 18th, 19th, and 20th. More information can be found here.


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