E is for…

This weeks memory verse: E is for…
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” -James 1:17

Hymn of the Week: I Sing the Almighty Power of God (Watts)
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“I sing the almighty power of God that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures with His word and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed where e’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread or gaze upon the sky!

There’s not a plant or flower below but makes Thy glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care,
And every where that man can be, Thou, God, art present there.”

From the setting of the sun to its rising…

…”the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3

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Okay, I know I got my settings and risings mixed up but that’s because we found extra opportunity this week to praise the name of the Lord during the night. So instead of giving you a sunset (or sunrise) of the week picture, you’re getting a slide show (compliments of NASA) of some images from within Cygnus, the Swan constellation. We’re spending a lot of time looking at Cygnus the next couple weeks because we are participating in the Great World Wide Star Count. This means making a report on the number of stars we can see within the Cygnus constellation on any given night between October 5 and 19. You can participate in the star count too, by clicking on the following link:starcount

Also, congratulations to Titus and Joel who can now identify 8 of these constellations by sight in the night sky! A quarter of the way toward our goal!

Friday’s Factoid 5 (by Titus and Joel)

We took a field trip up Mauna Kea. It is almost 14,000 feet high and has 12 giant telescopes on top. We got up in the middle of the night and drove to the top when it was still dark. We saw the glow of the lava from Kilauea Volcano. We saw the sunrise. It was more beautiful than a sunset and lasted for a long time. It was freezing cold even though we were in Hawaii (by Joel,7).

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We ate donuts on Mauna Kea and then drove all the way down to the other side of the island. We went to the Planetarium at ‘Imiloa and learned about how the Hawaiians used the stars to find their way in their canoes. To get back to Hawaii they rowed toward the Southern Cross when it was 6 degrees in the sky. Then we went for a hike where there was a waterfall by the ocean and we had a picnic and climbed trees. There were parrots in the trees (by Titus,8).

Teacher’s Two Cents (by Mom)
An amazing but exhausting day. Sea level to 14,000 back down to sea level then all the way back around the Big Island (which really did seem big after all that driving). Have to share a few highlights for me. I’ve never seen the moon so bright or so close. We had to squint when looking at it like you would looking at the sun. Next was seeing the glow of lava inside the Kilauea crater thousands of feet below us and half an island away. Seeing and hearing the telescopes operating with their eyes to the sky was also pretty cool. The sunrise over the Pacific was spectacular. But the most memorable sight of the day was seeing the shadow of Mauna Kea cast by the rising sun out over the ocean. Totally surreal. Had to share a photo.