This event will test students’ knowledge of astronomical facts and concepts relating to the earth, moon, solar system, celestial sphere, stars and constellations, non-planetary members of the solar system.
Event Supervisor: Susan Ogden and Stephen Ogden
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|2017 Head Coach Workshop handout|
|Example scoring results from 2017 practice|
| Sample test questions 2017
| Samplet test questions 2017 KEY
|Selected topics from workshop from 2015|
|General glossary 2017|
| Glossary for Solar System 2017
| Images 2016-2017
|Useful Online Resources 2016-2017|
|2017 Star Charts|
|More study material|
|Event Coach Workshop recap- be sure you're using the latest rules|
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No, the students do not have to memorize absolute sizes and the numbers that describe them.
However, they might be asked about relative comparisons. For instance, "which planet is the largest?"
As stated in the rules: "be able to identify these constellations and specific stars or star cluster [as listed], on a star chart of any month with no constellation lines visible."
Said another way, if we point to a specific star, or circle a group of stars that comprise a constellation, they should be able to name it with reasonable spelling. Only the ones listed in the rules.
We won’t draw the constellation lines to assist them, and don't require the students to connect stars in a constellation pattern. The students may draw constellation lines on the test if they wish.
For galaxies and nebulae, and for planetary features, the posted materials list every image that the students should know.
For planets, the students should recognize the primary image from each planet's invididual page of the the Nine Planets website.
For the images section of the test, the students will be asked for the name. For images of planetary features, if the student can't remember the name, they will receive partial credit for listing the planet on which it is found.
Ursa Major is one of the constellations which the students should know. The Big Dipper is an asterism, which is a collection of stars that has been given another name, and in this specific case happens to be a subset of the stars included in Ursa Major. Some asterims include stars from multiple constellations.
Students will not be given credit if they substitute the name of an asterism for the name of a constellation.
Yes, there is evidence that Copernicus' theories built on the prior work of Aristarcus. Copernicus is included as a notable person in the glossary because he was the first to combine physics, astronomy and mathematics to build a fact-based model of the universe, and changed what people had believed for over 1000 years.