Astronomy Professor 1-7 | Mother of Two
Professor Harrington was excited for this class. The first year was the most informative, for the students and herself. If the students were bored already she'd know not to except those students past 5th year, but those excited for the class were the most thrilling to watch as they'd grow up the next few years. "Kia ora, hello all! Welcome back to another week of Astronomy! I hope you are all excited for another lesson," Sarah said as she began to set up for the lesson. She was going to use a rare bit of magic to teach the students their lesson today. "This week we are going to be looking at how stars move in the sky." Professor Harrington stood at the front of the class, pausing a moment in case the students still had yet to take out their note taking utensils.
"Now if I were able to keep you all night you'd be able to see how the stars pass over us in the nighttime sky, much like the sun does during the day. To make things simple this week we are staying inside and I'll be showing you with a ceiling demonstration, much like the same magic used for the Great Hall ceiling. This will allow me to control time above us in our classroom sky." She cast her spell and soon enough there was a bubble around the classroom and looking up you could see stars appearing. The bubble did not reach the floor and was more like an umbrella over the students and herself. "Now, this is an exact representation of the night sky on September 1st, around 10pm, when you all had first arrived to the castle, about the time I'm sure you were all falling asleep," Professor Harrington said with a little laugh looking over at the faces of the students. "You'll notice when you look up facing towards the front of the classroom, a large star along our horizon line, this is Vega in the constellation Lyra," she said waving her wand so lines appeared connecting the stars to form the small constellation.
"Now watch what happens to the star Vega when I move time forward to how the night sky appeared just a few hours later," she said as she waved her wand and the stars began to slowly move across their pretend sky as the night she was recreating was moving along. The star Vega quickly fell beneath the horizon and to the east new stars were appearing and rising up, but the stars towards the south remained more or less the same. She stopped when the time would have been around three in the morning. "Vega is no longer visible, in fact in the same position is the constellation Pegasus," said the teacher as she again waved her wand and lines formed where the constellation was. "Now, constellations are something we will go into further later on your third year, for now can anyone tell me what happened during the night on September 1st between 10pm and 3am that would change the nighttime sky like that? Next week we are going to go into more details about this process with more technical terms, see you all next week!" Professor Harrington said dismissing the class. She figured after the excitement of the lesson homework would be best saved for once their lesson on how the stars move in the sky was finished.
*Kia ora means Hello in the Native New Zealand Language, Maori.
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