This event will test students’ knowledge of astronomical facts and concepts relating to the earth, moon, solar system, celestial sphere, stars and constellations. This season includes a focus on galaxies and nebulae, and telescopes.
Event Supervisor: Susan Ogden and Stephen Ogden
|Download the current rules here.|
|2018 Event Coach Workshop handout|
|Example scoring results from 2018 practice|
| Sample test questions 2018
| Samplet test questions 2018 KEY
|Selected topics from workshop for 2018|
| Glossary for Deep Sky Objects
| Galaxies, Nebulae, Clusters for visual identification
|Useful Online Resources 2017-2018|
|2018 Star Charts|
Slide presentation from the Stars Workshop
You can find video of the workshop below
|Event Coach Workshop recap- be sure you're using the latest rules|
|See the Elementary Workshop List for this season|
The students should be able to name the planets of our solar system in order.
Other facts that the students might find interesting, such as the number and names of moons, are not in scope this season.
The image at this link is a good representation:
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, nebulae, and telescopes, the posted materials list every image that the students should know.
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.