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Each lab class will have a session scheduled in the Rauch Planetarium to help you learn how
 
Each lab class will have a session scheduled in the Rauch Planetarium to help you learn how
the sky changes hour by hour and with the seasons. In another session you will learn about
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the sky changes hour by hour and with the seasons. It will help if you work on this
the bright stars, and the planets that are currently visible. It will help if you work on this
 
 
with a star chart of your own, such as you might find in an astronomy book, or in one of
 
with a star chart of your own, such as you might find in an astronomy book, or in one of
 
these free resources:
 
these free resources:
  
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[http://www.midnightkite.com/starcharts.html Free sky maps for any place and time]
  
[http://www.skymaps.com/  Monthly sky maps]
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[http://www.skymaps.com/  Monthly sky maps with comments on what to look for]
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[http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance Weekly guide and news]
  
 
[http://www.heavens-above.com/ Tonight's sky including artificial satellites]
 
[http://www.heavens-above.com/ Tonight's sky including artificial satellites]
 
[http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance Weekly guide and news]
 
  
 
[http://www.stellarium.org/ Beautiful planetarium software for your computer]
 
[http://www.stellarium.org/ Beautiful planetarium software for your computer]
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== Planetarium session ==
 
== Planetarium session ==
  
In the planetarium session you will see
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In the planetarium session you will learn
  
 
*How the Sun's path changes with seasons
 
*How the Sun's path changes with seasons
*Where is the Moon in the sky a few days after New Moon
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*Where the Moon is in the sky over the monthly lunar cycle
*Where is the Moon in the sky at First Quarter
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*How the Moon's appearance in the sky also changes during the year
*When does the Full Moon rise?
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*Where the bright planets are now
*When does the Last Quarter Moon rise?
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*How Earth's place in space alters the appearance of planets and comets
*Where are the bright planets at this time?
 
*How to find the Big Dipper and the North Star
 
*How to find the Summer Triangle
 
*How to find Orion in the winter sky
 

Latest revision as of 16:50, 2 September 2013

Each lab class will have a session scheduled in the Rauch Planetarium to help you learn how the sky changes hour by hour and with the seasons. It will help if you work on this with a star chart of your own, such as you might find in an astronomy book, or in one of these free resources:

Free sky maps for any place and time

Monthly sky maps with comments on what to look for

Weekly guide and news

Tonight's sky including artificial satellites

Beautiful planetarium software for your computer

If want to pursue this and learn the night sky well, you should consider getting a plani-sphere starfinder. This is a rotating map of the sky that will show you how it appears on any date and time. Inexpensive ones may be available from a bookstore or the Planetarium. Stellarium is a desktop planetarium that displays the sky in a photo-realistic view. It is not a static map, but a dynamic moving picture of the sky as the Earth's rotation brings an ever changing view past you. It is a very good way to prepare for this lab, or to use after your lab to learn more.


Planetarium session

In the planetarium session you will learn

  • How the Sun's path changes with seasons
  • Where the Moon is in the sky over the monthly lunar cycle
  • How the Moon's appearance in the sky also changes during the year
  • Where the bright planets are now
  • How Earth's place in space alters the appearance of planets and comets