Last night I took my telescope out to view the four planets that are on view in the evening sky as seen from Liverpool in the U.K( Venus,Mars,Jupiter,Saturn and of course not forgetting the Moon). With me I had my friends 8 year old son who had never looked through a telescope before. I let him view the planets one at a time and he was very inquisitive, asking all types of questions such as What are those stripes on the planet and littlle lights by Jupiter? What are those rings around Saturn? etc.
I took him home to his house and it was only when he got to speak to his parents that I realised how much the session had meant to him. The excitment in his face as he explained to his mum and dad what he had seen was unbelievable. I think I have added another astronomer to our ranks there!!
I am a mature student studying astronomy and I enjoy the practical side to astronomy but I had almost forgotten the excitement of that first view through my first telescope. Has anyone else had a similar experience with someone they know? I'd like to hear from you.