Grade 3 Class Explores Space


by the Grade 3 class

Last week, we learned about our solar system with a trip to Victoria’s observatory, where people use a giant telescope to look at the stars, and to a place called the Centre of the Universe.

Here are some of the things we learned:

  • The sun is not the brightest, hottest or biggest star.
  • As stars get old they get bigger and turn red.
  • There are eight planets, since Pluto is no longer a planet.
  • Neptune, Saturn and Uranus all have rings.
  • The North Star is special, because other stars move around it.
  • Asteroids are big chunks of rock in space.
  • There is an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

In the planetarium, we saw our solar system and learned about different constellations, like Orion’s belt and Ursa Minor, and saw different stars and planets. We also got to touch a meteorite that was 50,000 years old. There were also lots of video games, where you could launch a probe into space or match moons with their planets. Our guide also made a comet for us. Here is the recipe to make a comet:

  • 1 cup dry ice
  • 1 cup water
  • Corn syrup
  • Sand

We had a lot of fun at the Centre of the Universe. Our favorite things were the planetarium and making a comet.

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