Tonight we had a visit from a giant silver dome.
It was so big, in fact, that we had to move to a larger hall for the evening. We had some trouble finding a hall close by that was free at the right time, but we didn’t want to change the time so that all those girls with busy lives could come.
I haven’t mentioned yet what was inside the dome.
Darkness. And Brownies. And stars. Millions and millions of stars. The explorer dome is a mobile planetarium.
Yes, I know that’s not a star.
The two people running the show were amazing. They told stories, and gave information, and kept the girls interested through about 40-45 minutes of star show.
I learnt a few new stories, too. For example, I didn’t know that Ursa Major is a lady bear. I’d always assumed it was a boy. But she’s Callisto, the mistress of Zeus. When Hera (Zeus’s wife) found out about the affair she turned Callisto into a bear.
Callisto’s son is Ursa Minor. He was an archer and was hunting in the woods. He almost killed his mother (because a bear trying to say hello is pretty scary), but Zeus turned him into a bear at the last minute. Then he put both of them in the sky so they could be together forever.
If I do the stargazer badge enough times, perhaps I’ll learn all of the stories!