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Learning like a 5 year old

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#1 riceca

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 09:39 PM

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I think I have found my favorite part of observing. My 5 year old Son is getting interested in observing. After doing some looking around I found the "Sky Puppies" observing program (https://www.astroleague.org/skypuppy). We received the workbook this week and have started to set up our observing program. 

 

First on the list is to identify 15 constellations, draw 15 constellations, identify major objects in each of the constellations, and tell two traditional constellation stories.

 

We are starting with Ursa Major. Tonight we learned about the constellation and two interesting stars. We are starting our observing program by looking at each star in the constellation, discussing the asterism of the Big Dipper, and making observations of Mizar and Xi Ursa Majoris. Our bed time story tonight was from Olcott's "Star Lore". 

 

Even though I have observed these in the past, I'm looking forward to learning about them with my 5 year old. 


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Posted 15 May 2021 - 12:03 AM

What a blessing to be cherished. 

 

 

Peace...



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Posted 15 May 2021 - 08:31 AM

What a blessing to be cherished. 

 

 

Peace...

It is, Thank you.


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Posted 15 May 2021 - 08:46 AM

The forecast called for an observing time around 0300 MDT and my Son wanted to wake up, so we did. He did great and I am very proud of him for getting up, hitting the observing site (back yard), filling out his log, and most importantly going back to bed.

 

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From Ben's observation log:

 

My Name: Ben Rice

Date: 5/15/21

Time: 0913 UT

Site: Laramie, WY

 

Conditions: Clouds 8%, Seeing 4/5, Transparency 2/7, Light Pollution 3/5, Temp 5 deg C

 

Object Observed: Ursa Major, Mizar

Notes: 2 stars, blue wite. Light and Humidity could not able to see all UraMaj.

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From My log:

 

Date: 15 May, 2021

Time 0913 UT

Location: Laramie, WY

 

Instrument: Vortex Diamondback 10x42

TFOV: ~6 deg

 

Conditions: Temp 5 deg C, Humidity 93%, Clouds 8%, Wind 5 Kph

Transparency: 2/7

Seeing: 4/5

Light Pollution: N. hotels and W. hospice center

 

Object: Zeta UMa (Mizar) and Alcor

 

Ben was able to quickly find the Big Dipper. Due to light pollution and high humidity in the N. from hotels we had poor transparency and unable to see all of Uma. Originally our targets were Mizar and Xi Uma. 

 

Mizar and Alcor appeared Blue-White with Mizar being brighter in magnitude. 

 

Zeta UMa (Mizar) A2, m2.3, 13h 23.9m +54deg 56'

- Type A star, ~9,000K, Blue-White, strong in hydrogen and other singly ionized metals with Calcium II present but week. 

- Mizar is also a double star (Mizar B, A2, m4.0, sep 14.4")

- Mizar is ~70 ly away and is part of a six star group including Alcor A & B. 


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Posted 15 May 2021 - 08:52 AM

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