ASTRO INITIAL OBSERVATION ESSAY

ASTRO INITIAL - Astronomy Initial Observation Essay The first night that I tried to do my initial two-hour observation I had some difficulty

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Astronomy Initial Observation Essay The first night that I tried to do my initial two-hour observation I had some difficulty because I had not gone to a dark enough location and very little was visible in the night sky. I did not have another available evening to repeat the observation session until 13 September, 2007. I went outdoors shortly after 2100 Central Standard Time, in Madison, WI (43 ° 4.4’ Latitude). I went to a park nearby my house on the far West side of Madison and brought a chair, my star finder disc, and a notebook to scrawl some notes upon. I was eager to try and find anything recognizable as a constellation this evening and determined to make the next two hours worthwhile. I spent the first twenty minutes or so scanning the night sky to try and digest everything that I was looking at. Before I looked at my star finder there was only two constellations that I recognized from the simple fact that they are easily recognizable to any good Boy Scout, those constellations were Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. I must admit that it really takes some creative effort to be able to associate either of those constellations as bears in any way, but I do really like the origin of these labels. After the first twenty minutes had passed, I was curious what I might be able to match from the heavens to my star finder disc. This proved to be somewhat difficult to do at first as I forgot to figure out which way to orientate my star finder disc, with respect to the
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ASTRO 112 taught by Professor Burns during the Spring '08 term at MATC Madison.

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ASTRO INITIAL - Astronomy Initial Observation Essay The first night that I tried to do my initial two-hour observation I had some difficulty

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