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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by parttimecoach » October 5th, 2015, 2:14 pm

Hi,
I am first time coach and trying to help my team with "Reach for stars" topic.
The official science Olympiad website says "NOTE: This is archived material and will be updated for 2016!".
So wondering
1) What is the expected from students in test and
2) Where to start looking for material for study?

I found this elsewhere on this site:
"Reach for the Stars is an event dealing with stellar astronomy. In one part of it, you have to be able to identify constellations and individual stars given a star map or a planetarium projection. Then, there will be other questions relating to stellar classifications, stellar evolution, H-R Diagrams, and other such things."

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by Unome » October 5th, 2015, 2:34 pm

parttimecoach wrote:Hi,
I am first time coach and trying to help my team with "Reach for stars" topic.
The official science Olympiad website says "NOTE: This is archived material and will be updated for 2016!".
So wondering
1) What is the expected from students in test and
2) Where to start looking for material for study?

I found this elsewhere on this site:
"Reach for the Stars is an event dealing with stellar astronomy. In one part of it, you have to be able to identify constellations and individual stars given a star map or a planetarium projection. Then, there will be other questions relating to stellar classifications, stellar evolution, H-R Diagrams, and other such things."

Thanks in advance.
The event seems to be mostly the same as in 2013 (when I took it) so the links and materials from then should be largely accurate. I don't remember much about the event itself, but what I do remember and can figure out by looking at the rules is basically ID and info (objects viewed in different wavelengths of light will likely come up), interpreting charts/map/etc, and calculations. As for where to find material, I'd suggest that you start with the wiki and soinc.org, and websites with good info.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by 20arana » October 11th, 2015, 1:15 pm

Does anyone know if the tests will be done in a planetarium or using star maps?

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by Unome » October 11th, 2015, 3:07 pm

20arana wrote:Does anyone know if the tests will be done in a planetarium or using star maps?
I'm not sure what you mean by planetarium, but we got star maps often when I competed.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by AlphaTauri » October 11th, 2015, 7:21 pm

Unome wrote:
20arana wrote:Does anyone know if the tests will be done in a planetarium or using star maps?
I'm not sure what you mean by planetarium, but we got star maps often when I competed.
It depends on the competition, but (inflatable) planetariums are certainly a possibility, as you get to actually navigate the sky and you have to know the relative location of the DSOs on the sky rather than just RA/Dec. (Though, knowing the constellations isn't terribly important in actual astronomy, as I know... maybe 10 of them?) I haven't seen the rules for this year, but the last time I competed, I believe red-filtered flashlights were listed among the team materials, so the writers are definitely leaving that option open for supervisors.
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Tycho's SNR

Post by JennJ » October 12th, 2015, 5:47 pm

Tycho's SNR is on the study list for RFTS, can anyone confirm that this is the same as : SN 1572?

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Re: Tycho's SNR

Post by Jaol » October 12th, 2015, 5:56 pm

JennJ wrote:Tycho's SNR is on the study list for RFTS, can anyone confirm that this is the same as : SN 1572?

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by Whiteheat073 » November 13th, 2015, 12:50 pm

In the event parameters, it says that we may be required to provide clipboards and red-filtered flashlights. Why must they be filtered red?
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Post by bernard » November 13th, 2015, 3:35 pm

Whiteheat073 wrote:In the event parameters, it says that we may be required to provide clipboards and red-filtered flashlights. Why must they be filtered red?
Astronomers often use red flashlights because they allow their eyes to be adjusted for the dark while providing a source of light. When star watching, you'll have a better experience if your eyes are adjusted to the dark.
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