Who is checking out Mars?

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Who is checking out Mars?
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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 10:53am
At the risk of throwing PJM into a tizzy, who is going to disturb their child's sleep schedule to see Mars in the next few days? Or have you already?

We are digging in the closet trying to find our trusty old telescope. (News reports say that telescopes are sold out in our area.) I think tonight we will check it out. We may even drive an hour away from the city so we can get a good look, but I've heard that we may not need to because Mars is so bright. I have to do some research.

Anyone got a problem with waking kids up to show Earth and Mars closer than they've been in 60,000 years?

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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 11:20am
I let the kids stay up late last Saturday night to see it so that they wouldn't be up late on a school night. Seemed like a good compromise to me! That said, if it was something they only could have seen on a school night I would have let them stay up late if it was something they were really interested in.
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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 11:25am
We saw Mars this weekend at the Cape -- didn't have to get DS up at midnight either.

However, we did get him up for one of the asteroid showers a couple of years ago.

And I was *dying* to get him to an HP book party when #5 came out, but we had a major bar mitzvah the next day, so I didn't think it would be a good idea. Think of the torture -- a cranky 6-year old in temple for three hours. Oy!

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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 1:58pm
You mean other than me, right?

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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 2:03pm
If I had children older than my dd -- then I would wake them up to see this. It sounds like "once in a life time opportunity." The question to all should be what if your children were not interested? What if they tell you that they couldn't care less about Mars?

I think I would still "force" them to see it. (OK "force" is too strong a work. I would "strongly encourage" them to see it) I think they may be pleasantly surprised or they may say, "geez, mom. that was great. not!" then go back to sleep.




Edited 8/27/2003 2:10:37 PM ET by iaudrey00
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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 2:05pm
Well, YOU can do it but Please Please Please don't wake up those kids of yours. I don't want the news to be saturated with mindless fluff stories about how there was some mysterious and massive disruption of life as usual in the greater DC area. We've already had something along those lines this month.

Glad to see you have a sense of humor.

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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 2:09pm
We have a telescope! Forgive my complete ignorance, but which direction should we be looking and what will it look like???????????


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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 2:22pm
ROFL!

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Wed, 08-27-2003 - 3:01pm
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Fri, 08-29-2003 - 8:32am
I'm happy to report each family enrolled with me has been searching the night skies for Mars with their children. Me too. It's absolutely fascinating.

Linda

 

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Fri, 08-29-2003 - 9:11am
That's cool. nt