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Instructions for setting up the Heavens-Above website for a star chart. This website can do many things for you, including telling you when bright satellites (like the ISS) are going to be visible. To make a star chart, do the following. First pick your observing site. Under "configuration" choose one of the three options (map, database, or manual). You probably want one of the first two. The map let's you be very specific in your location. The database option asks you for city names and the like. Be specific -- pick Oviedo or Union Park instead of Orlando, e.g. After choosing a place, go down to the 'astronomy' section and click on 'whole sky chart'. At the bottom of the next page, pick a time and date (if necessary) for when you'll be outside. Note that it uses a 24-hour clock, so pick 21 for the hour if you plan to be outside at 9 pm, e.g.
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Unformatted text preview: Then select the 'black on white' radio button and make the size 1000. Then hit 'submit'. You are then shown an all-sky map for tonight. The planets and the Moon (if it's up then) will be shown. You can print out the whole page straight away but then you get those google ads. You could just grab the chart itself -- it's just a GIF image on the webpage --and print that. So how do you use it? Appendix J in your textbook has some info about that. Basically you take it outside with you and you face one of the cardinal directions. Rotate the paper so that that same cardinal direction is at the bottom. For example if you face east first, then turn the paper 90 degrees so that the east part ('E') is at the bottom. v1.0, sep 9 2009....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2009 for the course AST 2002 taught by Professor Britt during the Fall '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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