Resources: Worksheet, Online Worksheet (PDF), Online Worksheet (text document), Star Wheel, Stargazer's Handbook, Stellarium, Stellarium Web

Terminology: Equatorial Coordinate SystemRight AscensionDeclinationEclipticFinder Chart

Tutorials: Using Tablet Applications

Guideposts: If you have difficulty finding objects with any of the methods in this lab, make sure to double check your dates and times first. A few hours or days can make a big difference in the appearance of the night sky.

observing the sky

Learning Goals: The goals of this lab are for students to (a) familiarize themselves with how to use a Star Wheel to find objects in the sky and (b) familiarize themselves with how to use Star Walk application on the iPads to facilitate observing objects in the sky.