SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Astronomer

The Scout must complete the following:
  1. Recognise the prominent constellations visible throughout the year, such as:
    • Winter: Orion, Aries, Auriga, Taurus (Pleiades and Hyades), Canis Major, Canis Minor.
    • Spring: Leo, Bootes.
    • Summer: Cygnus, Lyra, Aquila, Delphinus.
    • Autumn: Pegasus and the Circumpolar constellations of Ursa Major and Cassiopeia.
  2. Recognise and show a basic knowledge of the following stars:
    • Winter: Sirius, Procyon, Betelgeuse, Saiph, Rigel, Aldebaran, Hamal, Capella.
    • Summer: Deneb, Vega, Altair.
    • Autumn: Merak, Dubhe.
  3. Talk to the assessor about their experience of astronomy. This should include sightings of meteor showers, changes of planetary positions and eclipses.
  4. Know the meanings of basic astronomical terms such as axial rotation, synodic and sidereal periods, opposition, conjunction, meridian, ecliptic and celestial equator.
  5. Give a general description of the Solar System, the individual planets and the Galaxy.
  6. Know about landings made or planned on other bodies in the Solar System since 1969 and about human activity in space.
  7. Explain how astronomy contributes to space missions.