Monday, May 7, 2018

Activity: School's Astronomical Observatory, Gualdo Tadino

DATE:  the 26th April 2018 at 10 PM 

1st Step
- general observation of the sky with the naked eye, identifying Venus, the Moon (clearly visible towards the south, 4/5 lit up) and the Big Dipper star constellation. The Moon and Venus were observed also with the Galilean telescope. 

2nd Step
- observation of the Moon through the telescope of the observatory
- we saw the craters along with the depressed and raised areas.
- when it got darker  we got to identify the North Star with the naked eye.
- at about 10.30 pm Jupiter rised, towards south,  it was so bright that it was clearly visible with the naked eye. 

3rd Step
-  the technician gave us directions to map the star chart: he has recommened us to observe with the naked eye for more nights in a row (at least 3-4, 30 minutes each) in order to train the eyesight for the night sky observation.

After a few observations, the students will then be able to place the North Star on the chart, the stars of the Big Dipper, along with other bright stars and planets, that they will have to find by referring to other star charts already existing (such as Stellarium app) referring to our present time and location. 

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