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Starman (Astronomer) (Baden Powell Service Association Troop)

  • 1

    Demonstrate with diagrams, drawings or models a good general knowledge of the nature of the sun, moon, stars and planets, their relative sizes, their apparent movements, and the cause of eclipses.

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  • 2

    Be able to point out and name – The Big Dipper, The Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Orion (if visible), Polaris, two bright stars other than Polaris, and any planets visible to the eye at the time of the test.

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  • 3

    Show how to find Polaris using the Big Dipper, and how to use the stars to find north when Polaris is obscured.

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  • 4

    Explain how to use the position of the sun to find north in the daytime.

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  • 5

    Explain what factors, including light pollution and air pollution, affect viewing objects in the night sky.

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  • 6

    Explain how to safely view the sun, objects near the sun.

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