Teaching Astronomy
using Stellarium
A Short Introduction
Karl Simon A. Revelar
ksarevelar@uplb.edu.ph
Outline
 Some Random Slides of
Awesomeness
 What is Stellarium?
 Learning How to Use Stellarium and
its features
The Universe is Awesome
and Photogenic!
Andromeda Galaxy
Sombrero Galaxy
Pleiades Star Cluster
Saturn
Eye-of-God Nebula
Neptune
The Universe is Awesome
and Photogenic!
Truly Awesome
Until...
Lost Internet connection
Thank goodness
Free offline awesomeness
What is this offline
awesomeness?
Stellarium
O Offline planetarium
software;
O Simulates
movement of
planets, stars, and
even artificial
satellites;
O Also ...
Stellarium
O Used by amateur
astronomers as
observation guide
O Used as a tool to
teach astronomy
O Also used in real
plan...
Screenshots
Screenshots
Screenshots
Learn How to Use Stellarium
But Wait
Download
Install
First Run
Status bar
Status bar
Main toolbar
Status bar
Sidebar
Status bar
Configure Location
Status bar
Left-click objects
Status bar
Right-click objects
Status bar
Finding objects
Status bar
Zooming
Status bar
Sombrero Galaxy
Status bar
Time Travel
Status bar
Constellations
Status bar
Solar Eclipse
Status bar
EXERCISE!
Determine the position of the sun during your birth.
(Clue: Key-in your birthdate
then locate the sun.)
If the s...
Wrong
Status bar
The time is now.
Status bar
Orion Nebula
Status bar
Ocular view
Status bar
Artificial satellites
Status bar
Remove Atmosphere
Watch a movie
Status bar
Observe at Night
Status bar
Azimuthal Grid
Status bar
Equatorial Grid
Status bar
ASTRONOMY EXERCISE
You and your team will travel to
Hokkaido and arrive there on April
17, 2012 to observe an
astronomical...
Keyboard Shortcuts
Status bar
Key Function
Cursor keys Pan left, right, up, down
Page up/down Zoom in / out
Forward slash ...
Learn about other cultures
Status bar
Aztec Constellation
Status bar
Change Landscape!
Status bar
Saturn
Status bar
Jupiter
Status bar
Pleiades
Status bar
The Universe is Truly
Awesome!
That’s all folks!
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Using stellarium

  1. 1. Teaching Astronomy using Stellarium A Short Introduction Karl Simon A. Revelar ksarevelar@uplb.edu.ph
  2. 2. Outline  Some Random Slides of Awesomeness  What is Stellarium?  Learning How to Use Stellarium and its features
  3. 3. The Universe is Awesome and Photogenic!
  4. 4. Andromeda Galaxy
  5. 5. Sombrero Galaxy
  6. 6. Pleiades Star Cluster
  7. 7. Saturn
  8. 8. Eye-of-God Nebula
  9. 9. Neptune
  10. 10. The Universe is Awesome and Photogenic!
  11. 11. Truly Awesome
  12. 12. Until...
  13. 13. Lost Internet connection
  14. 14. Thank goodness
  15. 15. Free offline awesomeness
  16. 16. What is this offline awesomeness?
  17. 17. Stellarium O Offline planetarium software; O Simulates movement of planets, stars, and even artificial satellites; O Also simulates astronomical events
  18. 18. Stellarium O Used by amateur astronomers as observation guide O Used as a tool to teach astronomy O Also used in real planetaria!
  19. 19. Screenshots
  20. 20. Screenshots
  21. 21. Screenshots
  22. 22. Learn How to Use Stellarium
  23. 23. But Wait
  24. 24. Download
  25. 25. Install
  26. 26. First Run
  27. 27. Status bar Status bar
  28. 28. Main toolbar Status bar
  29. 29. Sidebar Status bar
  30. 30. Configure Location Status bar
  31. 31. Left-click objects Status bar
  32. 32. Right-click objects Status bar
  33. 33. Finding objects Status bar
  34. 34. Zooming Status bar
  35. 35. Sombrero Galaxy Status bar
  36. 36. Time Travel Status bar
  37. 37. Constellations Status bar
  38. 38. Solar Eclipse Status bar
  39. 39. EXERCISE! Determine the position of the sun during your birth. (Clue: Key-in your birthdate then locate the sun.) If the sun is below the horizon, click on the ground icon on the main toolbar to remove ground.
  40. 40. Wrong Status bar
  41. 41. The time is now. Status bar
  42. 42. Orion Nebula Status bar
  43. 43. Ocular view Status bar
  44. 44. Artificial satellites Status bar
  45. 45. Remove Atmosphere
  46. 46. Watch a movie Status bar
  47. 47. Observe at Night Status bar
  48. 48. Azimuthal Grid Status bar
  49. 49. Equatorial Grid Status bar
  50. 50. ASTRONOMY EXERCISE You and your team will travel to Hokkaido and arrive there on April 17, 2012 to observe an astronomical event on the constellation Virgo. What is the best time to observe Virgo?
  51. 51. Keyboard Shortcuts Status bar Key Function Cursor keys Pan left, right, up, down Page up/down Zoom in / out Forward slash (/) Auto zoom-in Space Center view on selected object Backward slash () Auto zoom-out Ctrl+F Find object on the sky L Increase time speed J Decrease time speed F5 Date/Time Window
  52. 52. Learn about other cultures Status bar
  53. 53. Aztec Constellation Status bar
  54. 54. Change Landscape! Status bar
  55. 55. Saturn Status bar
  56. 56. Jupiter Status bar
  57. 57. Pleiades Status bar
  58. 58. The Universe is Truly Awesome!
  59. 59. That’s all folks!

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