Hitting any of these keyboard shortcuts again will turn the respective item off
again so you can view the sky with as much or as little additional information as
you would like. Explore the evening sky by clicking the directional buttons: shift-
N, shift-S, shift-E, shift-W (recent versions of Stellarium), or using the arrow keys
or mouse to drag the screen. The letter
will turn the atmosphere off and on. To
look straight up hit shift-Z (for zenith, some versions or use the arrow keys) and
to go back to looking along the horizon hit ctrl-H (for home). To look around, you
can also “drag” the sky by holding down the left mouse button and moving the
mouse in a given direction, while the scroll-wheel will adjust the ‘field of view’
allowing you to see more (or less) of the night sky at one time. After you have
explored the sky, answer the questions on this screen. For the purpose of these
exercises, keep your ‘field of view’ (FOV at the bottom of the screen) to around
90 degrees as this could impact your answers. (Normal human binocular vision
covers 114 degrees horizontally)
answer these questions
10.Which of the following constellations is visible when facing north?
11.Select the Constellation Art from the menu at the bottom of the screen (or type
) in Stellarium to see the art of the constellations.
12.Which direction are you facing if you can see the constellation Pisces?
Explorations of the Evening Sky
In this part of the lab, we will explore the evening sky as it appears on March 15,
2018. We use constellations as a way to identify where things are in the sky. For
example, we may want to know where a planet is, or if a planet is in our current
evening sky. Although named for a characteristic pattern of stars, each
constellation represents a specific area of the sky.
To explore the evening sky in Stellarium, select Constellation Lines from the
menu at the bottom of the screen (or hit
) to outline each constellation. Now
select the Sky and Viewing Options Window from the left side of the screen (or
hit F4) and make sure Solar System Objects and Show planet markers are both