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Voyager Sky Gazer: Sky Quiz Study Guide Print out this sheet and follow the instructions. This worksheet will not be graded, so you do not need to type anything in on Angel. Practice with the January sky: 1. Set your location to Lansing. 2. Set the time to 9 PM on January 20, 2009. 3. Zoom out. Use the zoom buttons at the lower left to zoom out far enough that you can see the whole sky. You will not need the Time Panel or the Location Panel, so you can make more room on the screen by closing those windows. 4. Rotate the sky so that south is at the bottom. Play with the scroll bars at the bottom and the right of the window until the dot marked “South” is at the bottom of the screen and “North” is at the top. This will be the orientation of the January sky for the Sky Quiz. Imagine you are sitting in a planetarium seat with your head tilted back so that you are looking at the highest point in the dome. South will be in front of you. North will be behind you, East to your left, and West to your right. 5. Remove the labels. If the bright stars on your screen are labeled, you will need to turn off the labels to practice properly. Go to the Chart menu, move down to “Chart Labels” and deselect “Star Names” so that the star names disappear. 6. Turn off the planets and comets. Go to the Control menu and select Display Panel. After the Display Panel pops up, you can get rid of the planets by clicking on the icon that has three little cartoon planets on it. Then get rid of the comets by clicking on the button with a comet on it (next to the planet button). 7. Adjust the magnitude limits of the stars. The Sky Quiz concentrates on only the brightest stars and constellations, so go to the Chart menu, move down to Magnitude Limits, and select “Small Town – 4.5.” That will limit the number of stars on the display to the ones you need to concentrate on. 8. Find Orion. The constellation Orion is the easiest one to find in the winter sky and will help you find everything else. You will find it between the directions South and Southeast on your screen, meaning that it will be in front of you and a little to your left in the planetarium. 9. What are the major stars in Orion? Try to name the major red star on the upper left of Orion and the major blue star on the lower right. Then click on those stars to see if you are correct.
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10. What is to the southeast of Orion? Follow the three stars of Orion’s belt down to the left until you encounter a very bright star. Try to name that star and the constellation it is in. Then click on the star to see if you are correct. The name of the constellation will appear in the star’s information box.
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