On the afternoon of 13 June, kids from our Groot Constantia after-school went on an adventure to the city centre and the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome.

It was heart-warming to see their star-struck faces as they went on a virtual voyage to follow the secrets of The Sun, Our Living Star in this animated planetarium show.

Thank you to Wardah Harris and the team at Iziko for welcoming us with open arms!

A few facts our kids took home with them:

  • The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived.
  • It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.
  • The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilisations.
  • Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.