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IPad and Telescope Activities

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a. If you are doing this in the daytime, try pointing it at the sun (DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN DIRECTLY BLOCK THE SUN WITH THE IPAD!) . Notice the Sun’s icon is displayed on the screen and is on a yellow line. What is this line? What constellation is the Sun in? b. If you are doing this at night, try pointing it at the moon (if the moon is visible) or a bright object. What constellation is the moon in? If you pointed it at another object, what was that object and what constellation is it in?
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15 4. Double tap the screen to get out of the automatic motion mode and move the image with you finger until you find the yellow line. Now follow along the yellow line until you find the Sun. As you moved along the yellow line there were some other bright objects close to the line. Identify three of these objects. What constellations were they in? There is an easier way to locate solar system objects. In the upper left corner of the screen is a “Magnifying Glass” symbol. If you tap it , a sub menu appears:
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16 5. Tap the sub menu icon and tap on the “Solar System” Icon (second icon): 6. A list of solar system objects appears. Find Saturn in the list. Current information will be listed for Saturn. Tap the “GoTo” button and the screen will locate Saturn. What constellation is it in? 7. The other icons are for Constellations, Deep Sky objects, Stars and Star Light. You may play with these at your leisure. 8. Close the sub menu and double tap the screen to reactivate the motion control. Now move the IPad around and locate your Zodiacal Sign. Is it below your horizon at this time (you can do this anytime day or night)? 9. Touch the “Clock” icon in the lower right corner of the screen. A “Calendar/Clock” icon will appear. Tap this and then tap the date. You can now use the wheels to set any date you would like. That will show the sky on that date. Try your birthday. See what constellation the Sun is in on that date. Is that your Zodiacal sign?
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17 NOTE: The CSUSM IPad you are using has a WiFi connection if you are on campus. Several of the apps require this connection to get updated information. If you happen to be off campus but in an area that can access WiFi, you will be able to use these other apps as well. Otherwise you will need to use the IPad from campus. 10. C lose the “GoSkyWatchP” app and open the APOD app: You can view the Astronomy Picture of the Day using this app. Check out today’s image. What is it? 11. Close the “APOD” app and open the “SkyWeek” app: This app will give you a calendar of astronomical events presented by Sky and Telescope magazine. What is happening today? 12.Close the “SkyWeek” app and open “3D Sun” app: This app will show the current status (within the last day or so) and give you the latest information on the Sun. When the app loads, tap on the 3D Sun button on the bottom tool bar. This will show the condition of the sun in different wavelengths. Look at the sun in the
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18 four different wavelengths. Can you spot the activity around the sunspots? Explain. 13.There are many other astronomy apps on the IPad. Chose three other apps, investigate what they do or present and answer the following questions about them. a. Which one is it? b. What does it do? c. Did you find it interesting?
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