Archive | September 4, 2014

Day 2: Exploring Stellarium

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Astronomy: Students got their lab notebooks and took Stellarium (free for desktops, paid apps for mobile) for a test drive today:

  1. 15 minutes of free exploration. In your notebook, make a list of things you can do using Stellarium.
  2. (a) What’s visible at 9 PM (21:00) tonight? Which planets? Which direction should you look?
    (b) The Moon? Which direction? What phase?
    (c) The Big Dipper and Polaris?
  3. Describe/Draw how the stars move during the night when facing N, S, E, and W.
  4. Repeat #3 at the North Pole, the Equator, and the South Pole.

Tomorrow, I’ll have students cut and paste a quick reference guide for Stellarium onto the inside front cover of their lab notebooks. I made the guide with help from here and here.

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