And I'm Possum.
Oh, hello, everyone.
Oh, hi, everyone.
Oh, it's such a lovely evening.
I wanted to sit outside, have a drink and something to eat, and enjoy the stars.
Possum's joined me too.
Great idea, Sally.
It's so beautiful, looking up at all the stars.
Sally, is that the moon peeking over the horizon there?
Yes, it is.
It's going to be a beautiful, clear night and it looks like it could be a full moon.
Sally, that moon is very, very busy.
Um, what do you mean by 'busy', Possum?
Well, last night I saw the moon going up into the night sky.
Oh, yes and then I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning, I had a look outside, and I couldn't see it anywhere, it had gone.
Ahh and now it's over there.
How did he get from this side to that side?
Well, you have thought a lot about it, haven't you, Possum?
Is it like the sun, going around the Earth?
Well, it's a bit different.
The sun doesn't move – it is actually the Earth that is spinning.
Um, I'm confused.
It's best that I show you.
Can you stand up?
We are going to pretend that you are the Earth, where we are, and this is going to be the sun, ok?
The sun shines its light onto you.
Now, turn around.
When you were turning around, what did you see?
Um, I can see the sun and when you're turning, what happens?
I can't see the sun.
So, the Earth is actually rotating.
It's not the sun moving through the sky.
The sun stays still, and the Earth rotates and that is how day becomes night.
Sally, I'm seeing stars.
Oh well, you'd better sit down if you're seeing stars.
Oh, you're so funny.
I can see the real stars.
Oh, and I can see the moon too.
Oh, it's beautiful, isn't it?
Sally, I wish I could get a better look at the moon.
Ooh, I have an idea – why don't I go and see Skip and I'll see if we can borrow his telescope.
Then we might be able to see the moon more clearly.
It might be a bit late, though, I'll go and see if he's there.
You stay here, ok?
Hmm, I'm going to have a look from the top of my tree.
Wow, the moon is still so far!
Oh, well, it's beautiful, though.
I told him to wait here.
Oh, there he is.
Did you climb to the top of your tree?
Yes, I wanted to see if I could get a better look from up there, but the moon is still so far away.
Well, the moon is very, very far away, but the sun is even further.
This telescope will give us a chance to have a closer look.
Yes, have a look.
See if you can see the moon.
Sally, it looks different.
It looks great.
People have actually been to the moon, and they took some dust from there.
How did they get there?
In a big rocket!
Those people rode in the rocket, and then they travelled a very, very long way, and when they got there, they had a look around, collected a few things, and came back.
Only a very few people who have trained for years and years and that have passed all of their tests get to ride in a rocket.
Oh, that's great!
Sally, the moon has got some black splodges on it.
They look like holes.
Well, the moon is round but there have been some big rocks that have smashed into the moon and created craters and when we look at the moon, the craters appear dark.
That's what you can see.
Oh, yes, good.
Hello there, Possum.
After Sally came over, I realised that telescope, as good as it is, won't give you a really good, close look at the moon.
I have a bigger telescope at home.
A bigger telescope?
Does that mean I can see far, far, far away?
Yes, you can see quite a distance, and it will bring the moon closer, so you'll be able to see it a lot better, much clearer.
Why don't you come over and have a look tomorrow?
I'll have everything set up, and you'll be able to see the full moon.
Can I go?
Please, please, please, can I go have a look?
Oh, yes, it would be fun to see the telescope.
I'd love to be able to see it and I do know you love learning things, Possum.
OK, I'll see you both tomorrow night, alright?
Oh, I'm so excited!
Oh! Sally, I'm so excited.
I had a very good sleep last night and now, I'm ready to go see Skip.
Oh, yes, so am I.
I had a look outside.
There are no clouds, so it's a nice, clear sky and I know we're going to get to see the moon through the telescope.
Oh, that's great.
Sally, can we see the Earth?
Well, not really.
We are standing on the Earth, looking at the moon.
Oh, but to see the Earth, we'd need to be standing on the moon.
Oh ok, that's great.
Sally, I want to learn so much more about space.
Oh, that would be a great idea, if we learnt more before we went to Skip's shed.
Ooh, why don't we watch some children learning about space?
Yeah, let's watch!
I saw big planets on TV and I saw this really big telescope!
My favourite part was when I got to see the planets up close.
Oh, that was great!
Yes, it was!
They learnt so much.
Oh, they did!
Sally, Skip was talking about a full moon.
What's the moon full of?
Oh, well, it's probably the perfect time to go over and see Skip and he can explain that to you.
OK, let's go.
Come on, Sally.
Oh, this is great!
Oh, it's beautiful!
Yes, don't just look out, but look up.
Ooh, Sally, it's just like being in my tree!
Look at the beautiful full moon.
Oh, it's very big.
Skip, Sally said that you'd be able to tell me about the full moon.
To start with, I have a question for you, Possum.
Every night, does the moon change, or is it always the same?
No, the moon does change.
Sometimes I'll see it as a little moon, and then the next night, it gets bigger, and the next night, gets bigger and bigger, until it's a full circle.
Oh… Oh, I get it!
The moon isn't full of anything.
It's a full moon because we can see the whole thing!
That's right and then, after the full moon, it gets smaller and smaller and smaller, until it's a tiny crescent and then it goes away.
Actually, it becomes the new moon.
Does that mean it's a new moon and the old one goes away?
Oh, no, the old one doesn't go away.
It's the same moon.
Tonight, we have a full moon that we can see and the reason we can see the moon is actually because the sun is shining on it and we can see the reflection of that light.
Oh, that is interesting!
Rather than just keeping talking about it, I've set up my telescope so that you can see it.
Now, if it's a bit blurry for you, Sally, just twist the knob.
I'll have a look.
That's so far away but through the telescope, I can see it so very clearly.
I can even see the craters on the moon.
Have a look Possum.
Oh, oh, oh!
Oh, look at this!
It looks like big rocks have crashed into the moon and created those craters!
There's so many of them!
Sally, you have another look.
Ok, thank you.
Oh, it's beautiful.
Oh, I do like looking at the moon, but I wouldn't want to live there, because there's no trees.
No, there's no-one living on the moon Possum.
Only a very few people have gone to visit the moon, but they always come back.
You can't stay and live on the moon, you just can't.
Well, I like living here, next to your house, Sally.
Oh, thank you and I like living near Skip's house too because I can say hello to him in his shed and learn about lots of different things.
Yes, I do love it when you come to visit.
Well, thank you so much for tonight, Skip.
We really enjoyed looking through your telescope.
Can we come back another night and look at some other things in space?
Yes, of course.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.
Oh, can I have another look Sally?
Sally and Possum are enjoying looking at the night sky. If only they could make it look closer. Skip has just what they need and just the right place to do it from.