- Asteroid Mississauga, a free teachers' resource. Did you know that Mississauga has its very own asteroid? Our first resource is a lesson plan for teachers about this fascinating little rock!
As our program grows, we will offer more free teaching resources for teachers, parents, and enthusiasts. Stay tuned, and send us suggestions!
Earthshine develops and runs education public outreach activities in
Mississauga and the surrounding western Greater Toronto Area. Since 2009, Earthshine has
run a successful astronomy program at the Riverwood Park in Mississauga, in
partnership with The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) and the Mississauga Centre of
the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).
Members of the RASC set up their own telescopes and invite members of the public to look at the Moon, the planets, stars and other objects visible from Mississauga. Star maps are handed out and instruction is given on how to identify stars and constellations. So far, over 3000 members of the public have participated in evening astronomy lectures and “star parties”!
Our educational public outreach program will expand tremendously once we incorporate our digital planetarium. It can be used day or night, rain or shine. It offers a way to simulate the motions of the night sky and is a tool to be used in teaching concepts in astronomy. It can also be used to show young people who have never been away from city lights how beautiful the night sky can be.
Earthshine is currently raising funds for a state-of-the-art portable digital planetarium. Please consider donating to the cause!