Great World Wide Star Count 14th - 28th October, 2011
Participating in the Great World Wide Star Count is fun and easy! You can join thousands of other students, families and citizen scientists from around the world counting stars!
Windows to the Universe coordinates the event and collects the data. During this international event, everyone is asked to go outside, look skyward after dark, note the stars they see in certain constellations, and report what they see online.
Five Simple Steps to Star Count:
1. Determine which constellation to observe
2. Find that constellation at night an hour after sunset (about 7-9pm local time)
3. Match your nighttime sky with one of our magnitude charts
4. Report what you see online
5. View results of this international event
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you are asked to observe Sagittarius, the Archer, which includes the Teapot asterism. Finding Sagittarius is easy! If you go outside about an hour after sunset and look west, you should be able to find the Teapot asterism roughly halfway between the horizon and the point directly overhead (which is known as the Zenith).
Before you try to find Sagittarius in the night sky you can test your skills on the Windows to the Universe website. Use your curser to point to the area of the sky that contains Sagittarius. When you find it the Archer will appear.
For full details visit http://windows2universe.org/citizen_science/starcount/index.html and download the Activity Guide now available in 12 languages!