EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY FROM YOUR COMPUTER
Sky & Telescope Interactive Sky Chart:
Go to http://www.skyandtelescope.com/ . Click on “Interactive Sky Chart.” This will require you to register, including just your name and email address. Once you get there, change the location to our zip code, 02882. Change the date to the day you were born.
1. What was the phase of the moon that night? _______________________________________
2. State the planets that were in the sky, if any. __________________________________________
3. Name two bright stars. __________________________________________
4. Name two recognizable/famous constellations that were in the sky? You can determine this by putting your cursor on top of a constellation (lines connecting stars), or by looking in the “Selected View” window. __________________________________________________
Click the + symbol and then the – symbol a few times, which is located next to the time of day, and watch the celestial objects scroll across the sky.
5. In which direction to all objects in the sky move?________________________________________
6. What single object does not rotate? State both the name shown and the common name.
7. What time does the sun set on your birthday? ______________________________________________
8. Were any planets in the sky during the daytime of your birthday? If yes, which?
Click on the “SHOW ADVANCED DISPLAY OPTIONS” button. Then click on the “Deep-sky objects and labels” button.
9. What objects are now visible in your sky? __________________________________________________
10. Give an example of a couple of their names?
11. Using Google, find out what the “M” stands for in many celestial object names.
Click the on the “CREATE PDF” tab in the bottom of the screen. Print out the night sky of your birthday at 9pm.
Astronomy Magazine website
Go to the Astronomy Magazine website (http://www.astronomy.com/). Look at the “Tonight’s Sky” window in the top. Change the location to Narragansett.
12. At what time does the moon rise and set today? ____________________________________________
13. What phase is it? __________________________________________________
14. What time does Saturn rise and set today? _________________________________________________
15. What planets’ rising and setting are not included, and why?
Go to the website http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/tonights_sky/ . Watch the video that discusses what will be in our night sky this month.
16. What planets will be visible this month in the evening sky? ____________________________________
17. What constellations will be featured in the night sky this month?
Open up Google Earth and switch the mode to “Sky” by clicking on the Saturn icon on the top. Look around for a bit. It is often easiest to zoom out first. You can use the “Search the Sky” window to look for famous space objects. In pairs you will create an interactive lesson using Microsoft Word that includes at least 7 stops. Include your names at the top, and space for names and dates for another group. Have them answer prompts at a few stops. Your content should include highlights in the night sky, including information on constellations, stars, galaxies, and nebulae.
18. Why do you think so many of the objects, like nebulae, are pictured in squares?