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Astronomy

Postby Sheogorath » Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:37 am

So I haven't gotten the rules yet, what is Astronomy on this year? Please do not tell me it is variable stars again.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby sciolykid101 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:38 am

Sorry, the topic is Variable Stars.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby Sheogorath » Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:42 am

Urg! Three years in a row is too much!
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Re: Astronomy

Postby Earthsci_dude » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:17 am

ugh :|

variable stars again? :shock:

well, i guess i dont have to make a whole new binder xD... but a new topic would make it more exciting.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby eak227 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:44 am

What are the DSOs like this year? Are they fun/interesting?
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Re: Astronomy

Postby tad_k_22 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:10 pm

They seem very similar to the ones two years ago. Heck, mira and betelgeuse are back, even.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby tweedlebeetle » Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:43 pm

Oh man are you kidding?! And after I threw away my sophomore binder....

I haven't received the rules yet- does it look like the same format, DSOs/ general knowledge? Because the past few years, NY regionals and states have had this thing against star IDs, and you get less then a page of questions on the part you really studied...
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Re: Astronomy

Postby tad_k_22 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:06 am

It's pretty much exactly the same as last year's rules, with new DSOs and a couple "new" types of variable stars (the majority of them were from 2 years ago). And wow, all astro tests i've taken are half DSO/variables applications, just like the nationals ones are. But one page of DSOs may not necessarily be bad as they could incorporate more variable star knowledge and astrophysics concepts into the test and make you work more with light curves and O-C diagrams.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby Sheogorath » Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:26 pm

Does anyone have any information on O-C diagrams? Preferably like a lab I could do, we started to understand how to get them, but we don't have any resources for finding them.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby eak227 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:12 pm

What do you mean by "started to understand how to get them?"

I can help if you define what you need.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby Sheogorath » Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:25 pm

As in we had never seen them before regionals, and we were sorta able to do them, however when we went to states it was set up completely different. So really any information regarding them would be helpful, in particular a lab assignment would be best.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby Glacierguy1 » Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:37 pm

So, have any of you decided if you are going to use a binder or a laptop(If you have a choice i.e if you have a laptop)
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Re: Astronomy

Postby Sheogorath » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:01 pm

We've always used binders, I find it easier to find information when you can touch it not having to scroll through it.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby tweedlebeetle » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:12 pm

I never used a laptop for this event because of the disaster factor/ Murphy's law.

And on a binder, I'm able to write every main fact about a section of information right on the divider, where it's right at hand and easy to read. That cuts out all of the flipping through pages or waiting for pdfs to load. And as we're allowed to have any size binder....

I find a 4 in binder, 1 in devoted to star specifics and ids, the rest backup information for those random questions they give you, and plenty of glossaries and acronym guides.
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Re: Astronomy

Postby rocketman1555 » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:21 pm

that should work, and binders are a lot easier than computers, the only advantage of computers is that you can hold a lot more stuff in them more easily
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