As part of our "Career Cafe" series, our fifth graders had a Skype call to learn from Dr. Dean Hines about his job as an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland.
Students were excited to hear about the telescopes and and asked a plethora of questions about stars, planets, and our universe until we ran out of time. We learned that there are approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 solar systems in the universe, and that most of them are believed to have planets. Students also learned that two moons in our own solar system have salty water on them, which makes them good places to look for life. After the call, students said that they loved the call, and that they learned a lot of new information.
More pictures from the call can be seen below.