Friday, September 23, 2011

Night Sky Watching Event Held at Retreat Center

Jupiter and its  moons.
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More than 350 teachers got a chance to view Jupiter and its four moons, as well as a star cluster in the constellation Sagittarius during the first ever night sky watching event at the CCT Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center. 

The activity and was led by Mr. Roland Beard,   author of Astronomical Observing from a Biblical View, a practical curriculum for observing the heavens, during the Institute for Foundational Learning's (IFL) Third National Educators' Conference

The heavens were created by God to be seen.  They display His power and attention to detail,” says Mr. Beard who earlier this year trained several IFL staff and teachers on how to reach people with the Gospel by leading them in observing the heavens from a Biblical view.
Pairs of trained staff set up five telescopes all the while explaining their basic features and rules for use. The teachers then lined up to take turns looking at planet Jupiter and at star cluster M22 through the scopes and through binoculars.

M22 is a globular star cluster in the constellation Sagittarius. It is made up of more than half a million
stars. "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1
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The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center is managed by the Center for Community Transformation. Some of the buildings here were built by former street dwellers being ministered to by CCT.   Read the heartwarming story of one changed life here:

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