Camps and Conferences

Astronomy: Exploring the Milky Way Galaxy

Description: Learn about all the things to be found in our Milky Way Galaxy. You will start off with an orientation session where you learn about what galaxies are, how big they are, and some of the things that can be found in our own Milky Way Galaxy. This will be followed by a walk through a campus-wide scale model of the Milky Way Galaxy where you will have to seek out new discoveries. You will learn how astronomers use different wavelengths of light to find things in space, and be introduced to several NASA sponsored Citizen Science projects where you can discover new planets, black holes, and stars that move through space at super-high speeds. At the end of the class, you will get to show off your favorite discoveries. There will also be an evening telescope viewing session, weather-permitting. 

  • Capacity: 20 
  • Ages Recommended: Ages 8-14
  • Physical Activity Level: Moderate during walks around campus and to the Whitewater Observatory; low during indoor lab activities.
  • Instructor: Bob Benjamin is a professor in the Department of Physics at UW-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on physics and astronomy. He is an expert on the structure of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Part of the data that students will be using during the class projects will be data that he has obtained in the last year using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.