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How-To Videos

Title Type Description Actions
Aligning Images in Afterglow How-to Videos
Comparing Brightness in Afterglow How-to Videos
Making a Color Image How-to Videos
Opening Images in Afterglow How-to Videos
Your First Skynet Image Request How-to Videos

AAS Meeting Posters

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AAS Poster: Bringing Astronomy to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Hands-on Activities Authors describe lessons learned as they use SJS to bring observational astronomy to the DHH audience in accessible way for the first time!
AAS Poster: Implementation in 4-H Settings Hands-on Activities 4-H leaders describe the ways Skynet Junior Scholars has been used with youth in various 4-H programs in WV and WI!
AAS Poster: Implementation with Blind and Low Vision Youth Hands-on Activities Educators and students from the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired share how they have engaged in SJS activities!
AAS Poster: Implementing SJS in Out-of School Time Settings Hands-on Activities Educators share their tips and tricks for conducting SJS in after school programs, at parks, and during in-school free time. Lots of images from the s

ASL Videos

Title Type Description Actions
ASL Vocab Intro This is a video How-to Videos
Make Your First Image Request This is a video How-to Videos American Sign Language video to assist ASL users in learning how to use Skynet to make an image request
Skynet Robotic Telescope Network This is a video How-to Videos ASL description of Skynet Robotic Telescope Network
The Yerkes 24-Inch Telescope This is a video How-to Videos
Welcome ASL Scholars This is a video How-to Videos An American Sign Language Video welcoming all ASL users to the Skynet Junior Scholars program

Advice from the experts

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Cheat Sheet for the Markdown Tools How-to Videos Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. This webpage shows you how to use the Markdown syntax.
Find an Asteroid to Observe (docx) Hands-on Activities Advice from Viv on how to create a cool iist of asteroids and comets to observe. In word format.
Find an Asteroid to Observe (pdf) Hands-on Activities Advice from Viv on how to create a cool iist of asteroids and comets to observe.
How to image the Moon Explore More Collaboration, search Moon, find good and poor examples. Use lothru filters, like U, B, u, h-alpha, exposure time 0.03, 0.04, 0.05s.
Meet the Astronomers Explore More
Observing the Moon with Skynet Telescopes Explore More Search Collaboration Images to plan observations of the moon. Choose smaller telescopes, LoThru filters, and extremely short exposures 0.03s.
SB What's Observable? Explore More This tool provides a list of asteroids and/or comets which are optically observable from the specified location on a specified date.
Visibility Graph Advice (docx) Explore More This document describes how to use the Visibility Graph in Skynet to determine if an object is observable from a telescope. Word format.
Visibility Graph Advice (pdf) Hands-on Activities This document describes how to use the Visibility Graph in Skynet to determine if an object is observable from a telescope. Word format.

Misc Resources

Title Type Description Actions
Find a local astronomy club Explore More
Globe At Night: January-February 2017 Guide This is a pdf Hands-on Activities Participate in the Globe at Night campaign for January and February of 2017. This guide and globeatnight.org website explains the project!
Images from Hubble Space Telescope Explore More
NASA Night Sky Network club locations Explore More
POST-SJS Research Survey for Students Explore More When your SJS leader says you are ready, take this survey at the end of your SJS club meetings.
PRE-SJS Research Survey for Students Explore More Take this survey when you log in to SJS for the first time -- before you have done any activities.
Playdoh Electronics Activity Hands-on Activities Skynet Telescopes use circuits to open and close telescope domes, slew telescopes and take data. Build your own simple circuits with playdoh!

What How Why

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Darks, Bias and Flats, Oh My! Explore More What are those Darks, Bias, and Flats files at the bottom of my images in Skynet? Find out here!
How a CCD camera works (flash animation) How-to Videos See how a CCD camera works on a telescope.
Light path through a telescope animation (flash) Hands-on Activities See how telescopes focus light! This animation was created for another robotic telescope called the Faulkes telescope
Skynet Telescopes Field of View Hands-on Activities How much Sky can Skynet Telescopes see?
Skynet junior Scholars Glossary Explore More The glossary contains definitions for words found in the activities. Let us know if you find a word that needs to be added to the glossary.
Skynet telescopes Explore More Learn how the Skynet Telescope Network got started!
Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Explore More

Radio Astronomy

Title Type Description Actions
20-meter activities Explore More Learn more about the 20-meter telescope and radio astronomy.
Electromagnetic War Hands-on Activities Play the old card game "War" with cards depicting different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum!
Green Bank 20-meter Data Log Explore More All 20-meter data is stored here in chronological order, with the most recent observation at the bottom of the page.
Green Bank 20-meter Observing Advice Explore More Provides mapping and daisy advice for submitting radio image observations. Also provides high resolution neutral hydrogen spectral observation advice.
How to access radio data from Skynet Explore More Word Document describing how to access radio data from Skynet.
Making Radio Observations Pt. 1 How-to Videos
Making Radio Observations Pt. 2 How-to Videos

Investigate Filters

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AstroImageProcessor Updated Version April 2016 Make sure your JAVA is updated. Explore More Features some small "bug" fixes and an "RGB Plot Wizard", which automates the steps required to build a color image from R, G, and B filtered images.
AstroImageProcessor.jar Older Version4_3 This is a video Explore More External program used to combine images into a color image. You need to have the latest version of Java enabled: https://www.java.com/en/download
Color the Universe - Image Making Tutorial by Travis Rector This is a doc Explore More Image-making tutorial reflects the latest version of Photoshop. Example of M16 with only narrowband filters. Fits Liberator also required.
DS9 Explore More Here is an alternative to Astro Image Processor for working with image data -- including making a color image.
Fun With Filters Presentation Hands-on Activities Interactive powerpoint to use with the red, green and blue filters in your kit. pdf version
Fun with Filters Leader Guide Hands-on Activities All of the filter activities in one guide. Includes notes for the powerpoint presentation.
Fun with Filters PDF for use by youth working on their own. This is a pdf Hands-on Activities This version will work like a slide show without needing powerpoint. Spoiler Alert! It has answers embedded in the activity.
Fun with Filters Powerpoint Presentation Hands-on Activities Interactive powerpoint to use with the red, green and blue filters in your kit.
Hubble: Behind the Pictures – Making Meaning of Color Explore More Website that illustrates how astronomers use color to highlight interesting features of the celestial object(s) in an image.
Light Sensing Sound Generation Kit-- will convert light into sound Hands-on Activities Now you can LISTEN to learn that filters block some wavelengths of light and let others through. Cute kit requires soldering.
Multi-Sensory Astro-Research Poster that includes how to Make a Color Image with DS9 Explore More Education Poster NITARP features best practices to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Blind and Low Vision Youth in Astronomy Research Projects
Skynet Telescope Filters Explore More A brief description of each filter used on the Skynet optical telescopes
Using Astronomical Filters on Skynet Telescopes Explore More Learn how and why astronomers design and use filters.

Files for Tactile Images

Title Type Description Actions
Amazing Space Tactile Astronomy Hands-on Activities Many images of celestial objects taken with Hubble Space Telescope, with files prepared for creating tactile images, and big print explanations.
Braille Translator from Math is Fun Explore More You can use this translation tool to print out the Braille for signs, notes, and so on.
Braille_Filters_M27 Hands-on Activities File for creating a tactile image of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula
Braille_Filters_M27_gfilter Hands-on Activities File for creating a tactile print of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula taken with an g filter(SDSS
Braille_Filters_M27_ifilter Hands-on Activities File for creating a tactile print of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula taken with an i filter(SDSS).
Braille_Filters_M27_rfilter Hands-on Activities File for creating a tactile print of M27, the Dumbbell Nebula taken with an r filter(SDSS).
SOFIA Tactile Images: Circumnuclear Ring Hands-on Activities Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) imaged the center of the Milky way to reveal in far infrared the dusty Circumnuclear Ring,
Touch the Universe with Skynet Images Hands-on Activities Tactile Astronomy - SJS images prepared to be copied on swellform paper and processed through a Thermoform Graphics Machine.

Size and Scale Activities

Title Type Description Actions
Pocket Solar System Hands-on Activities This quick model of the solar system is created by folding a piece of register tape. The relative distances between the planets are illustrated.
Sizing up the Moon This is a video Hands-on Activities Using play-doh, predict a model of the Earth and Moon to show the relative sizes and distances, then construct an accurate model and compare.
The Cosmos in Perspective Hands-on Activities With this activity you will be exploring a scale model to illustrate the large scale structure of the Universe.
i-CAN Constellation Cameras Explore More Point a video camera sensitive to the stars at constellations in a variety of locations around the globe!

Skynet Community Meeting Presentations

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Miscellaneous

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FITS images of Venus showing phases and changing angular size! This is a doc Hands-on Activities Venus images taken by Yerkes-24" 2001-2004. Compare the angular sizes of Venus and correlate with its' phases. Think, Research, Explain!
SJS Workshop commitment form This is a pdf For Leaders This form must be completed and signed by a youth leader and their supervisor before participating in an SJS workshop.