What would it be like to see through alien eyes? Or to only see a limited amount of color? The activity, “Seeing Through Alien Eyes” from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and Family ASTRO, lets you do just that. It’s also a great introduction to telescope color filters.
The activity has participants look at several “scenes” made out in differently colored felt. The participants are wearing visors that have been made to filter only red, blue, or green light. What do they see? What does the world look like through each color? Can they agree on which tree is really green, or which sun really yellow?
We recently did this activity with the summer campers at the Leu Civic Center. They had a blast trying to figure out the world through their alien visors, first in groups of all the same color, the in groups with visors of each color. They even decided to repurpose their visors for their planetary settlement in a later activity!
We now have a kit to go along with activity, so you don’t have to make the visors and felt scenes from scratch! Check out this kit in our inventory. It comes with 21 visors, 3 felt scenes, and the instructions for the activity. We hope you enjoy seeing the world through alien eyes as much as we did.
Guest post by Nicole Gugliucci