Rossyspsce wrote:getting thrown on this event for next year(2019-2020 season), because our astro people will all be graduating. What should I do to study for this event/where should I start?
Not sure if this is the best way but here's how I learned astro.
I started off with the math stuff- you don't really need new rules for that. There's a formula sheet on the wiki page, it's a good start, but make your own math sheet (as well as everything else). Take tests- they can even be old tests because math stuff doesn't change much, and make sure you understand the equations you do have, while finding more equations that are useful. Once you get a good basis of math and a little bit of practice, it becomes pretty easy to do, very rarely are there extremely obscure equations used, you should have all the information needed to solve any problem in your sheet. The only really hard thing I find about math is usually when some graph is involved (lol I literally can't read graphs).
Make your notes for the general knowledge stuff covered in the rules. I would dedicate at least a page of information to each specified topic they have in the rules, and research them in depth, and out anything relevant or interesting in your notes. I find that I don't use these notes very much in competition, but the background knowledge gained from doing this is extremely valuable. Understanding concepts of astro allows you to quickly answer questions, while if you don't understand the concept you waste time trying to find it in your notes, with the possibility it might not even be in your notes. It also allows you to make a educated guess for questions you may be unsure of.
Finally, the DSOs. Because my partner usually takes the math portion, these notes are by far my most used in competition (once I almost exclusively just used this document alone at one comp) so you wanna make these good. Make detailed notes for each, include as many pictures as you can. Make sure you can ID them basically to 100% accuracy.
As a general guideline for researching these, I entire first page of google results after searching the DSOs and sift through those. I also compiled the websites together by saving them as a PDF and combining them, which is useful if you finish the test early and you're missing one very specific detail about a DSO or something. (I also did this for some general topics, tbh it's not that useful unless the writer just copied everything from wikipedia). I never found the need to study for DSOs specifically (I personally feel reading papers and such is a bit overkill), the priority should be just understanding and digging deeper into the general concepts, which carries over into your understanding of DSOs.
Take a few practice tests to see what your missing, and improve on that. Also practice tests are extremely useful for the math portion, although not as much so for everything else.