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Reach for the Stars B

Postby bernard » June 16th, 2016, 10:00 pm

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby -Groundhog- » December 10th, 2016, 10:17 am

How do you tell the difference between the Ring Nebula and the Helix Nebula just by looking at them?

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Postby MaeleeB » December 10th, 2016, 11:18 am

I imagine the Helix Nebula as an eye, and it's more of a combination of pink and red around the outside, and the Ring Nebula is more of a combination of orange and red around the outside.

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby -Groundhog- » December 10th, 2016, 12:12 pm

Thanks!

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Memorizing constellations and DSOs

Postby Ktalreja05 » December 28th, 2016, 8:09 am

Does anyone know an efficient way to memorize DSOs and constellations? I've tried flashcards and looking at a star chart, but neither worked. I'm not able to identify constellations and their major stars and DSOs by looking at them. Another problem is that in the practice tests I've seen, the constellation lines aren't connected together, making it even harder for me. Sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm fairly new to Science Olympiad. Any help is appreciated :D

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Re: Memorizing constellations and DSOs

Postby Adi1008 » December 28th, 2016, 12:14 pm

Ktalreja05 wrote:Does anyone know an efficient way to memorize DSOs and constellations? I've tried flashcards and looking at a star chart, but neither worked. I'm not able to identify constellations and their major stars and DSOs by looking at them. Another problem is that in the practice tests I've seen, the constellation lines aren't connected together, making it even harder for me. Sorry if this is a stupid question, I'm fairly new to Science Olympiad. Any help is appreciated :D

You could try anki/quizlet (it's what I use for Astronomy) for memorizing pictures. Alternatively, you could just put those pictures on your notes so you don't even have to memorize them
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Postby EastStroudsburg13 » December 28th, 2016, 3:29 pm

For me, memorizing constellations and stars was always a matter of seeing patterns. There are a couple constellations that are pretty easy to find (Orion, Ursa Major, Cassiopeia), so I would use these as benchmarks. Then, I would find other constellations using these benchmarks. For example, say we start with Orion. If you follow the belt of Orion, and go up and to the right, you end up at the Hyades, which is the main component of Taurus. Then you can take the upper horn of this and follow it to Auriga, which is next to Gemini and Perseus, etc etc.

And then in terms of stars, it's a matter of associating certain stars with certain constellations. If it would help, you can make flashcards with constellations on one side and stars on the other (Bootes;Arcturus, Scorpio;Antares, etc).
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby -Groundhog- » December 28th, 2016, 4:40 pm

I also use Quizlet.
As for recognizing constellations not connected, don't worry about that part yet. It comes with more practice. Once you get them memorized with the lines, it's much easier.
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby RiceGum » January 25th, 2017, 11:15 am

I am starting a class for astronomy at a school in Minnesota. Can anyone send any information on Reach for the Stars. It would be very helpful. Can you send it to TeacherNateHouston@gmail.com?

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Rohan_sfms » January 26th, 2017, 2:20 pm

can we use a calculator in the competition

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Unome » January 26th, 2017, 2:26 pm

Rohan_sfms wrote:can we use a calculator in the competition

This question can be easily answered by reading the rules. If you do not have a copy of the rules, either contact your coach (they should have received one upon registering the team with the state) or purchase your own copy (either physical or via the mobile app)
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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Hessling26 » January 31st, 2017, 12:37 pm

I'm new to reach for the stars. What should I focus on or expect?

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby Nerd_Bunny » February 1st, 2017, 9:11 pm

Hessling26 wrote:I'm new to reach for the stars. What should I focus on or expect?

In last year's test I got a lot of questions similar to "How far away in light years is this star/constellation/deep space object?" So studying that is probably important.
Also, know your constellations and nebulas. The list in the rules lists everything you need to know. Practice identifying constellations just by seeing a patch of stars that they are in, and identifying photos of nebulas and other deep space objects. I think those questions are really rewarding when you get them right. :)

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby TyRy04 » February 11th, 2017, 2:32 pm

I am new to reach for the stars and I was wondering if you guys know a good place to start or any good links and resources

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Re: Reach for the Stars B

Postby JustWell50 » February 14th, 2017, 1:53 pm

Here are two links to memorize the constellations:
https://quizlet.com/187687462/constella ... ash-cards/
https://quizlet.com/188412876/constella ... ash-cards/

I will also be making some for nebulae


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