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Naked Eye Group


Over the course of a year, an estimated 6,000 stars can be see with the naked eye, from a very dark site, of course. But naked eye observations include more than stars. Comets, meteors, satellites and aurora are just some of the exciting objects that can be seen during the night. A fabulous aurora can mesmorize one for minutes or even hours! (It can also ruin a perfectly decent night of deep sky observing but we're not going there!

Astra's naked eye observing list also includes planets, constellations and asterism. An asterism is a group of stars that remind observers of certain other objects, but are not officially recognized constellations. Learning the constellations, by the way, can be a lot of fun. It takes a little determination, star charts and patience. For learning the sky, it is helpful to identify patterns, use your own triangles, squares and other geometric shapes to find you way in the night sky.

In addition to naked eye night observing, observing the sky during the daytime is also rewarding. Sun dogs, solar coronas, rainbows can be beautiful and exciting to observe. In addition to the usual cloud formations , thunderstorms, and lunar observations, there can also be fireballs bright enough to be seen during the daytime. The sky is the limit!

Astra has chosen a sampling of some of the naked eye observations you can make. Below the list is an observing form that you can use to make your observations. In the future, a pdf form will also be available at this site.

Astra's Celestial Challenge - Links to the pages for all the groups
Binocular Group
Naked Eye Group
Sagittarius Group
Solar System Group
Star Associations Group

NAKED EYE OBJECTS
   
CONSTELLATIONS OBJECTS
Perseus Artifical Satellite
Virgo Meteor
Canes Venatici Aurora
Sagitta Lunar/Solar Corona
Canis Major
Sundogs
   
PLANETS The Teapot
Venus The Milky Way
Jupiter The Great Rift
Mars Andromeda Galaxy
Saturn  
  Rainbow - extra credit

This Report Form May Be Used As Is or Additional Objects Can be Added.


ASTRA'S STARGATE
NAKED EYE OBJECTS GROUP

Observation Report Form
NAME_______________________    
     
OBJECT DATE NOTES
     
Artifical Satellite _______ _______________________________________________
Meteor _______ _______________________________________________
The Teapot _______ _______________________________________________
The Milky Way _______ _______________________________________________
The Moon _______ _______________________________________________
Andromeda Galaxy _______ _______________________________________________
     
CONSTELLATIONS    
Cygnus _______ ______________________________________________
Leo _______ ______________________________________________
Hercules _______ ______________________________________________
Orion _______ ______________________________________________
Ursa Major _______ ______________________________________________
  _______ ______________________________________________
PLANETS    
     
Venus _______ ______________________________________________
Mars _______ ______________________________________________
Jupiter _______ ______________________________________________
Saturn _______ ______________________________________________
     
EXTRA CREDIT    
     
Rainbow _______ ______________________________________________

 


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