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Forensic AstronomyIntroductionForensic astronomy uses the knowledge of the sky to study astronomical phenomena in literature and art. Inthis lab you will use the planetarium program, Stellarium to study three famous Van Gogh paintings whichshow objects in the sky. Van Gogh is known to have often painted from nature so it is likely that many of theobjects depicted in the sky were real. Your goal is to identify the astronomical objects in each of the paintingsand compare them with the actual sky at the time.Using Stellarium WebStellarium is a powerful program that simulates the entire night sky, allowing you to observe the appearance ofthe stars, planets, Sun, and Moon from any location on Earth and from any time in history. Best of all, theprogram is available for free as an interactive web tool. You can use Stellarium to identify constellations intonight’s sky, or you can travel through space and time to see what the sky looks like from any location on theEarth in the past or future.Open the web version of Stellariumin the Chrome browser. If the software does not open, try anotherbrowser (such as Firefox).Watchthis Overview of Stellarium Webvideo to learn about the essential features of the program.Watch the instructor video,Understanding Time in Stellarium Web.Two Notes about Changing Your LocationThe landscape you see (grass, trees, etc.) will look the same regardless of your location on the earth.

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Winter
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Solar System, Planet, Stellarium, d van Gogh

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