requirements for the Advanced Stars honor are as follows:
Skill Level 3
- How can you account for the apparent daily motion of the
- What are each of the following:
Identify personally, or from pictures, an example of each.
- Fixed star
- Define the following terms:
- Celestial sphere
- Celestial pole
- Celestial equator
- Right ascension
- Explain the major difference between a refractor and reflector
type of telescope. Describe an equatorial telescope mounting.
- Into what colors is sunlight dispersed when passed through a
prism? In what way are colors of stars used to indicate their
- What connection is there between the ecliptic and the vernal
and autumnal equinoxes? What dates are usually associated with
- Learn the 12 constellations called the signs of the zodiac.
Know the history of the signs of the zodiac.
- Name and point out in the sky the constellations that can be
seen all night long on a clear night in your hemisphere.
- Name and point out in the sky five constellations that are
visible between sunset and midnight in your hemisphere during:
- The summer months.
- The winter months.
- At what time of year is the constellation Orion best seen?
Name and locate in the sky the three brightest stars of this
- How are the letters of the Greek alphabet used to name stars
in a constellation? Give five illustrations of the use of the
letters of the Greek alphabet in naming the stars of a
- Locate as they appear throughout the year the 15
- With the use of a diagram, show the relative positions of the
earth and moon during high and low tides.
- Describe the peculiar individual characteristics of the
planets in our solar system. Which ones cannot be seen without
the aid of a telescope? Which two planets are seen only near the
hours of sunrise or sunset?