Astronomy: Stargazing

Natural Sciences



Course Outline

Understanding the Night Sky


  • The moon and the planets
  • Stars and Nebulae
  • Galaxies and Celestial Events


Defining the Night Sky


  • Direction and Orientation
  • Understanding Star Magnitudes
  • Measure the distance


How the Sky Moves


  • The Celestial Sphere & Celestial Coordinates
  • The Ecliptic & Meridian
  • Precession


Stellarium and Star Charts


  • How to read a Star Chart
  • Stellarium


Constellations


  • What is a Constellation?
  • Who created the constellations?
  • Types of Constellations
  • Zodiac Signs and Constellations
  • Looking for Constellations


Navigating using Stars


  • How people navigated using Stars


Finding Zodiacal Constellations


  • Aries the Ram Constellation
  • Taurus the Bull Constellation
  • Gemini the Twins Constellation
  • Cancer the Crab Constellation
  • Leo the Lion Constellation
  • Virgo the Virgin Constellation
  • Scorpius the Scorpion Constellation
  • Sagittarius the Archer Constellation
  • Capricornus the Sea Goat Constellation
  • Aquarius the Water-bearer Constellation
  • Pisces the Fish Constellation
  • Libra the Scales Constellation