Getting a telescope for your kid

 

 

As the title of this post might have already suggested, I’m going to tackle the matter of shopping for telescopes for children. I’ll start by saying that, in my opinion, the first and most important question that parents have to ask themselves when they’re in the market for such a product is what they’re trying to achieve with it. Why are they getting it, in the first place?

Obviously, it’s very likely that the kid, just like my own, has expressed an eager interest in science, in general, and in looking at the stars, in particular. The issue is that you never can know when a child will get bored with something or the other. Hobbies are good for them and I won’t be the one who will deny this. But, sometimes, you need to take a step back and try to realize whether the child is genuinely passionate about astronomy or not.

The age of the child also needs to be given some thought to. Do you need a toy telescope or a real one? It goes without saying that the first is far cheaper than the second, so you also have to consider your budget. If the kid wants a real telescope, you may have to make an agreement and tell him or her that any advances made to the telescope such as new lenses and any other additions have to come out of his or her little piggy bank. Of course, you’ll be offering some of the financial support but he or she doesn’t need to know all that.

As for the actual shopping process, one of the advice I can give you is to call some magazines and order several catalogs. Start by going through every telescope model available at every online retailer and see what ratings it has received. Some owners who might have a bit more experience compared to you can let you know what to expect in terms of all sorts of mishaps. I had little to no idea as to what features I was supposed to focus on. This article was really helpful, so maybe it might be of assistance to you, too.

Another thing that I would like to point out is that if you just buy the telescope, put it in your living room or backyard and expect the kid to learn how to use it all by him or herself, you’re in the wrong. You need to spend quality time with the child and try to learn as much as you can about telescopes, as well, and that’s because you’re trying to be understanding. Even if you have little to no interest in science, you do in your child.

 

 

 

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We’re not alone in the universe

 

When I was a kid, I got into space and celestial objects, so I bought my first telescope when I was about fifteen years old. But the mystery that’s always been on my mind is whether or not we’re alone in the universe. I still remember how my parents used to watch The X Files every week, so I quickly became passionate about the topic.

Every now and then, I take the time to check out recent news and developments that might somehow be connected to extraterrestrial life. Earlier this week, I came across an article published by CBS News according to which some scientists claim that life might have existed on Mars. There are many people who believe this already, although there hasn’t been any scientific data backing this theory, at least not from what I have learned about the topic over the years.

Some say that life might have appeared on Mars and that, through a meteorite or are other celestial objects, it ended up on what we now called Earth. Fortunately, we might be able to find out how things happened as Curiosity has been collecting information on Mars for the past four years. It took some time to repair the robot once it was affected by a sand storm, but the people at NASA have managed to program it in such a way so as to resume its trip. Curiosity is, therefore, perfectly capable of collecting info regarding the surface of the planet, and can even do some drilling and analytical analysis of rocks and other particles.

There are many magazines and other online publications that have started analyzing the topic of whether or not we are alone out there, so in a sense, it’s a good thing for people who are passionate about it. However, I couldn’t help noticing that in the last several years, there has been a tendency to claim that humans are in fact, the only smart life in the universe.

Since there isn’t any proof as to whether or not one theory is true and the other is false, I don’t understand why there have to be people who live by a particular one. Actually, I think that many folks would completely freak out if they found out that the likelihood of aliens coming to visit our planet is a reality.

For some, it would be an entirely horrifying scenario, while for others like myself, it would be something worth experiencing. Of course, I’m not saying that the demise of our civilization is anything I would want to witness in this lifetime, but finding out that there are aliens out there would definitely be exciting for me.

 

 

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