One of the main reasons that we love travelling is that it is so good for kids. Our kids have been to lots of places over the last couple of years. I am confident in saying that they have learnt something on every trip we have been on. Back in 2011 we did our first big trip into Outback Queensland.
One of the highlights this trip for our kids was the Cosmos Centre and Observatory at Charleville. The Cosmos Centre is a world class Observatory that allows visitors to view the sun and night sky through a powerful telescope. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and share their knowledge in plain English. We visited the Centre twice whilst in Charleville. Once for the daytime sun viewing session and once in the evening for the Night Sky viewing. Both were very interesting and something I would love to do again.
Going through an old notebook the other night I found this story that Ben wrote after our visit there. He was 10 at the time.
Last night was awesome. We went to the Cosmos Centre at Charleville for the night show. We started the night by looking at different star colours, then we looked at my star sign Scorpio and the red star Antares also known as the Heart of the Scorpion. After that we looked at a cluster of stars called Mb and some of the stars formed the shape of a butterfly. Then we looked at Alberio – the Double Star. Alberio is 385 light years from Earth and the two stars are 12 billion kilometres apart. We then looked at MII another cluster of stars that has a total of 2900 stars in it. Last of all to finish the night we looked at the amazing Jupiter, fifth planet from the sun. It has over 65 moons and it is said that it could hold every planet and moon in our solar system.
The Cosmos Centre Charleville is open 7 days a week during peak season (April to October) and it is advisable to book so as you don’t miss out on the session you want to go to.