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Night Sky Watching (Basics)

Night Sky Watching (Basics)

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Stars Pivot around a Point

Stars Pivot around a Point

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The North Celestial Pole (NCP)

The North Celestial Pole (NCP)

Special spot on the sky that the Earths rotation axis points to

Why special?

During the night the stars appear to rotate around this spot

Also special (and useful) in other ways

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Watching Stars from the North Pole

Watching Stars from the North Pole

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Constellations are Big

Constellations are Big

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Big Dipper: Points to Polaris

Big Dipper: Points to Polaris

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Finding Polaris

Finding Polaris

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Lucky Breaks!

Lucky Breaks!

The star Polaris is amazing close to NCP (now)

The pointer stars in the Big Dipper line up directly with Polaris!!!!

Big Dipper is circumpolar constellation

See it all night and all year

Polaris also called Pole Star, North Star

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Big Dipper

Big Dipper

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Why care about finding Polaris?

Why care about finding Polaris?

The direction of Polaris is due North

The angle between Polaris and the horizon is YOUR LATITUDE

How can I measure angles?

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Why care about finding Polaris?

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Big Dipper as Star Guide

Big Dipper as Star Guide

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Constellations

Constellations

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Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Summer Triangle

Winter Hexagon

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Summer Triangle

Summer Triangle

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Winter Hexagon

Winter Hexagon

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Constellation Facts

Constellation Facts

Group of stars all in roughly the same direction from Earth, BUT . Each has its own different distance from the Earth

Therefore, NOT grouped together is space

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