[ASC-media] StarFest 2005 school astronomy week final programme / resource availability

Paul Floyd thestarman at homemail.com.au
Wed Feb 23 22:59:04 EST 2005

Final programme / resource availability
for StarFest 2005 school astronomy week
      March 10 - 18  2005

Event sponsors: Questacon, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst), York Optical
and SKY & SPACE Magazine/SKY & SPACE Shop

This email outlines what resources are available for school students across
Australia to access during the StarFest 2005 school astronomy week.

The week will be a unique one with students able to access a robotic
telescope, use custom written resources and enter a competition to win a
telescope (plus other prizes).

Information and resources can be found on my site at
http://www.paulfloyd.id.au. Follow the link to the StarFest 2005 section. A
summary is provided below.


Paul Floyd
Mobile: 040 888 4380

Student and school competition

Free entry is available in a student and schools competition. Entries in
both close before the StarFest week begins. Student information. Prizes
include telescopes and astronomy magazine subscriptions. Closes March 4th.

Public / School Events

Refer to the StarFest 2005 site for information on 'real' life events
occuring in a number of locations across Australia.

For Canberra residents, the public event to note is the joint Mt. Stromlo
Observatory / Canberra Astronomical Society evening. This will be Mt.
Stromlo's first public event since the bushfires in January 2003.

International or national resources

International - What shape is the Earth? activity set
Work with another class in the United States to carry out a series of
activities to work out what shape the Earth is.

Have your own astrophoto taken
Courtesy of Charles Sturt University's Remote Telescope Project (Bathurst),
any primary or secondary school student can request an astrophoto of their
favourite stellar object.

Record the changing appearance of the Moon
Students are usually fascinated by the changing appearance of the Moon.
Charts have been provided (in two complementary formats) which students can
use to record the changing appearance of the Earths Moon over the period
March 13th - 26th.

Moon watching
This two page activity sheet contains a basic moon map (correctly orientated
for the Southern hemisphere), a brief introduction to the Moons appearance
and names of the phases of the Moon (with images).

Modeling Moon phases and Solar/Lunar Eclipses
This two page activity sheet contains information on Modelling Moon phases
and Solar/Lunar Eclipses and a 'cut-out activity' on the phases of the Moon.

The Changing Sky
This two page activity sheet contains information on why we see different
stars in the sky at different times of the year, plus information on
students 'real' star signs.

'Planet watching'
This two page activity sheet contains finder charts for the planets Jupiter,
Saturn and Mars. No telescope is required to see these three planets.

'Spot the wanderer'
This one page activity sheet contains a flip book master which allows you to
simulate the movement of a planet against the background stars.

Finder Charts - no telescope required

All-sky charts
(for East Coast capital cities)

Moon chart
(correctly orientated for the Southern hemisphere)

Planet finder charts
*	Jupiter finder chart (evening sky)
*	Saturn finder chart
*	Mars finder chart

El Nath Finder chart - Watch the Moon occult a bright star
Earth's Moon occults (passes in front of) the bright star Beta Tauri or El
Nath. This will be a great event to watch using binoculars as El Nath will
disappear behind the unlit part of the Moons disc, then reappear some time
later on the lit part of the Moons disc. This occurs on the mid- evening of
Thursday March 17th.
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