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Re: Astronomy C

Postby BYHscioly » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:52 am

Hey does anyone know what the DSO's are this year? I know the rules manuals came out but we haven't ordered them yet.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby Schrodingerscat » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:22 am

BYHscioly wrote:Hey does anyone know what the DSO's are this year? I know the rules manuals came out but we haven't ordered them yet.


I am not sure if anyone has received the rules yet. Personally I would speculate that the only DSOs that might repeat are star forming regions due to the topic change from low to high mass stars.

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Re: Astronomy C

Postby rfscoach » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:21 pm

Rules seem to be delayed (grrrr.) Donna Young, the National Event Supervisor for Astronomy posted her powerpoint from the summer coaches institute here http://www.aavso.org/science-olympiad-2012 . It includes the list of objects for this year.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby XJcwolfyX » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:09 am

What event is most similar to Astronomy? Well, not similar, but overlapping or relevant topics?
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby AlphaTauri » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:31 am

The only thing close is Div B Reach - Astro happens to be focusing on stellar evolution this year, but that's not always the case ('twas AGNs/galaxies for a few years, and varstars before that). TPS might touch on a few of the straight physics eqs (circular motion, escape velocity, etc), and Fermi might help just a bit with unit conversions, but Astro really is like nothing else.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby XJcwolfyX » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:33 am

Ah, ok, thanks. I need a third event to do, and I really would like a semi-overlap.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby syo_astro » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:13 am

Well, I'll say that the event certainly won't completely overlap with any other events. It kind of is in a league of its own. But just to add, I'd say earth science or physics-like events, like circuits, geomaps, dyplan, TPS, study portion of maglev, maybe parts of matsci, remote, thermo, rocks, you may liken with it. Not necessarily for the exact overlap in the aspect of concepts or format, but the general aspect that it is studying physical processes that are quite interesting. Fermi is the other event which also has the overlap of very large or small numbers.

In general, it is always best to just take a look at all the events, and see which ones interest you. Sometimes you may like astronomy, but you find that another unrelated event you like. I know Alpha has done Forensics, and I've done Microbes, so it's up to you.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby Flavorflav » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:40 am

Remote varies greatly from test to test, but there is often a great deal of Astronomy on it - EM spectrum stuff, satellites etc. Not stellar evolution, but still Astronomy.

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Re: Astronomy C

Postby XJcwolfyX » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:11 pm

Why is there a slash between the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex and Antares if they are two different objects?

And what is the Antares Region and where is it located in Scorpius?
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby syo_astro » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:21 pm

XJcwolfyX wrote:Why is there a slash between the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex and Antares if they are two different objects?

And what is the Antares Region and where is it located in Scorpius?


Erm, just to ask, have you searched it up on google and whatnot? I believe (wait for someone else to agree, since I don't trust myself completely with answering questions) that the star Antares lies within the Rho Oph Complex. So, even if they are different they are related objects by that I guess. I separated them into two objects next to eachother in my notes, but if you ever look up the Rho Oph Complex I think you can find Antares in it.
I am not totally sure what the Antares Region is, but I would think it's just the region in the Rho Oph Complex where Antares is (again, you can look up pictures and whatnot). I am not sure exactly what you mean by where it's located in Scorpius, though. I guess you could find RA/DEC coordinates or again the location in the Rho Oph Complex, but I'm not sure. Also, Antares is known as "the Heart of the Scorpion", which you'd see if you looked at it in a picture of Scorpius. Hope that helps.
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Re: Astronomy C

Postby HoundsTeacher » Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:25 pm

It says in the rules that studnets may bring a laptop to competition. Would they be permitted to bring an ipad as long as it is not connected to wi fi? Would this be a question for the Event Supervisor?

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Re: Astronomy C

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:05 pm

From the Astronomy FAQ's on soinc.org:

Astronomy FAQ's wrote:The first sentence of this paragraph mentions the allowance of a lap-top computer. Is a tablet-device acceptable as well?
Yes-tablets are permitted.


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Re: Astronomy C

Postby SimplyNeedLogic » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:31 am

How do you guys study for Astronomy? It's my first year doing it and I don't know where to start. Are there any study books/guides/textbooks worthy of buying or should I just use Google?

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Re: Astronomy C

Postby syo_astro » Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:51 am

SimplyNeedLogic wrote:How do you guys study for Astronomy? It's my first year doing it and I don't know where to start. Are there any study books/guides/textbooks worthy of buying or should I just use Google?

Well, I'd recommend the following:
Read the rules and understand the event/see if you have any questions.
Google around for every single bit of the rules, try to find at least one non-wikipedia website for everything if you can, but also use wikipedia to increase your search and use it as well.
In this topic (as in "Astronomy C" on this forum that you are reading), the first post contains multiple useful links. The scioly wiki (top-right-hand corner of this website...), past tests, past astro topic forums. They're all useful
I'll also throw my and Alpha's blog on the list: http://onwardtotheedge.wordpress.com/ . Any recommendations are always welcome ;).
As for textbooks I'll lastly recommend Carroll and Ostlie (we noted it in the preparing for competition part of the blog). I believe it's called fully An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics by Carroll and Ostlie. It covers effectively THE WHOLE event ASIDE FROM THE DSOs (WHICH WILL BE ASKED ABOUT AND SHOULD BE RESEARCHED).

If you want me to reiterate any of this I can, but I hope this helps.

Edit: Maybe should say look through topics as applicable...Galaxies and AGNs may not be as applicable as last year's topic and varstars. Still, you could read through since concepts like standard candles for distance carry over with galaxies, and AGNs could have slight links to this year's event with massive remnants like black holes. But the last statement still applies, hope this helps.
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