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Stellarium is available for download for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems by clicking on this link:
 
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    [http://www.stellarium.org/ http://www.stellarium.org/] Stellarium - A free planetarium for your computer
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[http://www.stellarium.org/ http://www.stellarium.org/] Stellarium - A free planetarium for your computer
 
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We have installed it on the lab computers. If you prefer to use your laptop, or follow up later at home, the installation is fast and simple.
 
We have installed it on the lab computers. If you prefer to use your laptop, or follow up later at home, the installation is fast and simple.
Follow the instructions that are provided on the site. This is beautiful "award winning" software is useful throughout the semester, and  worth the effort to have available if it will run on your own computer.
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Follow the instructions that are provided on the site. This is beautiful "award winning" software useful throughout the semester, and  worth the effort to have available if it will run on your own computer.
  
  
 
Other web sites that are useful for this activity are
 
Other web sites that are useful for this activity are
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    [http://www.heavens-above.com/ http://www.heavens-above.com/] Heaven's Above - The sky tonight on the web
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[http://www.heavens-above.com/ http://www.heavens-above.com/] Heaven's Above - The sky tonight on the web
 
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    [http://www.iau.org/public_press/themes/constellations/#pyx http://www.iau.org/public_press/themes/constellations/]  Constellations - Maps of the constellations
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    [http://www.google.com/sky/ http://www.google.com/sky/]Google Sky - An interactive map of the sky, the Moon, and Mars
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[http://www.google.com/sky/ http://www.google.com/sky/]Google Sky - An interactive map of the sky, the Moon, and Mars
 
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Revision as of 02:11, 28 August 2012

Introduction

This study unit will help you explore the appearance of the Moon, planets, bright stars and constellations in the night sky from a chosen point on the Earth at any time. It uses software enabling a virtual planetarium on the desktop.

Software and Websites

Stellarium is available for download for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems by clicking on this link:


http://www.stellarium.org/ Stellarium - A free planetarium for your computer


We have installed it on the lab computers. If you prefer to use your laptop, or follow up later at home, the installation is fast and simple. Follow the instructions that are provided on the site. This is beautiful "award winning" software useful throughout the semester, and worth the effort to have available if it will run on your own computer.


Other web sites that are useful for this activity are


http://www.heavens-above.com/ Heaven's Above - The sky tonight on the web


http://www.iau.org/public_press/themes/constellations/ Constellations - Maps of the constellations


http://www.google.com/sky/Google Sky - An interactive map of the sky, the Moon, and Mars