Homeschool

Studying the Stars: Our Homeschool Night at Pag-Asa

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4

Our daughter Macy has always been fascinated with stars. Because this week’s story is about Abraham, we decided to let our little girl see the stars at night, in a place without high buildings or any distraction.

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God’s promise to Abraham was that he will have descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. We wanted an object lesson for Macy, to not just read and see many stars on a book but really see it and behold its beauty.

After our Friday night youth service, my husband drove our family to University of the Philippines Diliman. We found the Pag-Asa Astronomical Observatory and he asked if we can look at the stars. Part of the observatory is closed to the public but they offer a number of telescopes for the public to view the stars. Pag-asa Astronomical Observatory is open 24 hours everyday. The entrance fee is P25 per person. Pag-Asa will set up the telescope and you will be able to see through it. What you will see through the telescope depends on the skies on the night of your visit. If you’re insterested to know beforehand what you can expect, you can check UP Astronomical Society’s Facebook page. They provide a monthly forecast of the sky. You can visit them at: https://www.facebook.com/upastrosoc/

 

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Through the help of Sir Allen of Pag-asa observatory, Macy was able to see the stars and oh how many there were! Because the skies were clear last night (Macy prayed that they will be clear), she was also able to see Saturn and Mars. What an amazing sight to see! Even my husband and I were amazed at their beauty. To be honest, this was my first time in the observatory, though I spent a number of years in the university as an undergraduate and graduate student. I realized that there are so much more to see in my alma mater.

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Thank you, Pag-Asa Astronomical Observatory for accommodating our family last night. This homeschool experience is not only for the children to enjoy but also for the parents. We came home in awe of God’s power and his magnificent creation. It was more than an object lesson, it was an experience we will not forget.

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