AstroCamper Making Comets
DaCota Schrader recalls his AstroCamp experience and prepares for Comet ISON's encounter with the sun on Thanksgiving Day 2013. He writes:
Hello, I'm DaCota Schrader.
My experience of 2011 and 2012 was great. Astro Camp is held in Dave's House. I made crafts and star-charts. The teachers taught us how to find planets out of our solar system.
At night around 10:00 me and fellow astrocampers went to Dave's House to stargaze. In my telescope I spotted messier objects and even parts of the Milky Way. I stayed up until about 1 every night. My last craft was a homemade telescope. I even spotted a star cluster in DAYLIGHT (a.k.a. the American flag). So my experience at astrocamp was great. Just can't wait until next year.
Since Astro Camp I joined MAS (Michiana Astronomical Society). I gave a presentation on the History of Comets at a MAS meeting. I gave the same presentation at my old elementary school for their space night. Mr. Bueter and I also made dry ice comets for the children.
I also helped to design the ISON picture for the local Comet Festival for ISON. My picture describes ISON. A turkey is the comet as it is circling a campfire which represent the sun. His feathers are falling off and that represents the dust tail and the left wing is blue and that is the ion tail.
I really enjoyed Astro camp. The wonderful teachers taught me a plethora of space knowledge.