Mentioned to my astronomy students that Venus was clearly visible this morning before 7 am. I took a photo with my phone to show them how easy it is to do that and then showed them how they could confirm on Stellarium what they might be seeing in the sky. They were (of course) impressed.
Students in IS II took a big metric quiz (biggest
compliment complaint was, “Mr. Whiteley, you’re making me think!”). Astronomy class got checked out on their Stellarium skills and took a look at that they will be able to see this weekend on Saturday night at 8 pm in the west from our location. Pretty cool to take a look at it ahead of time.
I can’t tell you in words how much I love Stellarium. My astronomy (elective) students begin the year figuring out the maximum sun angle, compass direction of sunrise and sunset, and length of day on the equinoxes and the solstices. We are able to chat about the seasons and what causes them. For those who finish early I have them investigate the total solar eclipse of 8/21/2017 by setting Stellarium to that date and a location in the path of totality.