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Visible Sky Applet


Visible Sky Applet

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This applet shows the visible sky, in the form of a polar chart, with the sun, moon, 4 planets and 56 stars; simply enter the position, date and time
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Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: May 29, 1997
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 04, 2008
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Submitter: Ric Stewart


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Cheryl Medearis
10 years ago

Cheryl Medearis (Faculty)

I used this website as a tool for a lesson that I taught for my General Methods of Teaching course. This is a 300-level methodology course for elementary, middle and secondary education majors. The remarks from the students included: 1) postive comments on the addition of the cultural (Native American) stories that I added to the lesson; 2) the interest the website generated and the ability to use the website to further their understanding of the lesson plan's stated objectives; 3) the website demonstrated how they could effectively use technology in their future lesson plans; and 4) students commented that the website was easy to use.

The quality of the materials was educationally significant for the objectives for the lesson and would enhance the learning for students and my teaching.

Because we did not have a GPS unit available, students expressed their interest in doing a similar lesson and including the GPS portion of the lesson rather than having the data given to them.

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The website was easy to access and easy to use.
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Avatar for Peggy Tilgner
10 years ago

Peggy Tilgner (Faculty)

The students appreciated having a sky map that was accurate to time and place. It was easy to locate stars that are part of Lakota constellations. The printable map is not cluttered and much easier to use than the typical sky chart found in most astronomy resources.
The activity is a good tool but not a stand-alone lesson.

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The site was easy to access. The ability to roll the mouse over a point and get identification of the star as well as physical data was helpful. For our purposes, the printable map was most helpful.
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Avatar for Chris DiGiano
18 years ago

Chris DiGiano

shows positions of main celestial bodies To use the applet, first connect to