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TheSky™ Student Edition CD-ROM with TheSky™ Workbook 1e

ISBN-13: 9780534390723 / ISBN-10: 0534390722

Software Bisque, Ball State University
Tom Jordan, Ball State University
Scott Peters, Ball State University
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2002
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"TheSky Student Edition" CD-ROM turns any computer into a personal planetarium. Loaded with data and images on 118,000 stars and 13,000 deep-sky objects, this program allows students to view the sky from anywhere on earth, at any given date and time from 4,000 years ago to 8,000 years in the future. Students will see the sky in motion, view constellations, see planets move, watch orbiting moons, locate distant galaxy clusters, display lunar and solar eclipses, print star charts, and much more.

The accompanying workbook includes detailed instructions for using the powerful software. The workbook includes examples, exercises, and in-depth explanations of astronomical topics such as the different types of sky coordinates; the motions of Earth and planetary objects; the naming conventions and locations of astronomical bodies; lunar phases and solar and lunar eclipses; and sidereal time. Using the workbook and "TheSky", students are guided through fascinating explorations of their universe and encouraged to achieve a greater comprehension and appreciation of the cosmos. Students develop a hands-on understanding of the basics of celestrial mechanics and the motions of the night sky. Perfect for either computer-based learning or as preparation for direct observation, the combination of the CD-ROM and workbook promotes an easy, interactive approach to viewing the sky-the possibilities are limitless.


  • Offers an excellent and fun way to learn about the coordinate systems used in observational astronomy.
  • Gives special attention, using numerous figures showing actual screens from TheSky CD-ROM, on how to make use of the software. Numerous examples, exercises, and multimedia sky windows are included. Students with even minimal computer experience should quickly feel at ease in working with the software.
  • Discusses in depth, with step-by-step associated exercises, both the short-term and long-term motions of Earth and their effects on the positions of objects in the sky.
  • Guides students through means of exercises and questions on the ways in which astronomical objects are named, catalogued, and found.
  • Integrates several specially prepared multimedia windows in TheSky to illustrate more clearly important observed phenomena. The motions of the Sun, Moon, and the planets are just a few examples of interesting windows that can be opened and viewed.
  • Devotes a full chapter to time and seasons, interactively illustrating how one’s location on Earth affects the observed-time of astronomical events in the sky.
  • Provides exercises centered around TheSky’s powerful lunar phase and eclipse tools that allow students to estimate the moon’s orbital position from observing its appearance in the sky and to search for and observe eclipses.

1. Introduction.
2. Getting Acquainted with the Toolbars and Shortcuts in TheSky.
3. Setting Your Location and Time in the TheSky.
4. Naming Objects in TheSky.
5. Locating Celestial Objects in TheSky.
6. Motions in TheSky.
7. Keeping Time in TheSky.
8. Seasons in TheSky.
9. Phases and Eclipses in TheSky.
The Bright Stars in TheSky. The Constellation Names and Abbreviations in TheSky. The Greek Alphabet. The Messier Catalogue. Using Preferences and Filters and Other Sub-menus in TheSky. Stellar Magnitudes in TheSky.
Software Bisque

Tom Jordan

Scott Peters