[ASC-list] Try this at home: Big Aussie Star Hunt for National Science Week

Abigail Thomas Thomas.Abigail at abc.net.au
Mon Aug 17 05:59:01 UTC 2009

Everyone in Australia who can see the night sky can do the Star Hunt
survey for Science Week  http://www.starhunt.net.au/home/


It's the National Science Week project for 2009.


>From now until 23rd August (between 7-8pm). 


Your input will help identify the best places in Australia to see the
night sky. 

Could your backyard be one of them?


The survey involves counting stars to measure the amount of light
pollution. The more stars counted, the less light pollution. You enter
the data into the website, which will ultimately create a light
pollution map of Australia. You can do the survey from anywhere in
Australia any time from tonight until Sunday 23rd August. The survey is
designed so that all Australians can see the objects identified in the
survey during this week.


To celebrate Science Week, ABC Science Online has created a wonderful
website full of astronomical delights: 


* Learn to find South using the stars


* Take the Virtual Tours of the sky


* Download sky maps and guides that you can take outside to help
identify the objects in the sky


* Get to know the names of constellations and how to find them. It's
easier than you think.


* Learn about Indigenous astronomy - find the emu in the sky


* Explore the night sky from your computer with amazing tools and
resources like Stellarium and Celestia that take you into the virtual




Info about the Star Hunt: Genelle Weule at ABC Science Online
weule.genelle at abc.net.au


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