Observing the Night Sky p.2
ACTIVITIES on the Celestial Sphere
| Astronomy without a Telescope
Answer the questions in this tutorial on celestial coordinates.
More on celestial coords.
|*Understanding the Starry Sky
Read pages 5-28 of "Astronomy" by Dinah Moche and answer the questions.
| *The Celestial Sphere
A lab on celestial coords. using a star globe. Subst. your latitude.
|*Project 24: Mapping Stars
Practice plotting stars using celestial coordinates.
Packet on the Sun's passage through the zodiac.
Packet giving an intro to constellations and the brightness of the stars in them.
Create a Constellation
|*Uncle Al's Sky Wheel
Make a planisphere.
Using a Planisphere
|*Project 28: Making an Astrolabe
Very useful device to help you locate specific stars in the night sky.
ACTIVITIES on Measuring
Angular Diameter, Size & Distance
| *Measuring Angles in the Sky Using the Fingers ...
Lab activity (needs to be downloaded on a PC).
| *Pinhole Protractor
Make this device to measure angular diameter of stars, etc..
| *Cross Staff Projects
Make and use a device to measure angles betw. stars.
| *Quadrant Projects
Make and use a quadrant. More Quad. projects
| *Finding Your Latitude
Use a sextant (astrolabe) to find your latitude.
|*Inv. 5: The Astrolabe
A lab requiring day/night sky observations. See Proj. 26 for alt. astrolabe plans.