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Astronomy Badge for Boy Scouts - Part 1

WELCOME to the astronomy badge program for Boy Scouts. You will need to watch these videos and take this test before you complete Part 2 in the planetarium. If you do not complete Part 1 first, we will not be able to sign you off and you will need to come back during the next month's astronomy badge night to be signed off (no exceptions).

Important: Reservations and lab fees are required for Part 2 in the planetarium.
Please contact us if your troop needs a reservation.

• Watch the videos below, then take the test.
• You are allowed to watch the videos while you take the test.
• Remember: a Scout is trustworthy. Watch the videos and do your own work.

First Aid and Safety Considerations

In this module we will learn the proper knowledge and equipment needed to prevent and treat potential health conditions while observing.

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Light Pollution

In this module we will learn light pollution and steps you can take to prevent it.

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In this module, we'll learn about the different types of telescopes.

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Astronomy Careers

In this module, we'll learn about a few astronomy-related careers.

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1. What clothing should you wear when observing on a cold night?
a. Shorts, a t-shirt, and sunglasses.
b. Warm layers, hat, and gloves.
c. Scuba gear.

2. What clothing should be worn when observing on a hot day?
a. Summer clothing, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat.
b. A long overcoat, stocking hat, and mittens.
c. A space suit.

3. How should you help someone who is showing signs of hypothermia?
a. Ignore them and keep observing.
b. Tell them to wait in the car alone.
c. Move them to a warm place, give something warm to drink, and stay with them.

4. How can you avoid hurting your eyes when observing the Sun?
a. Peek at the Sun through the spaces between your fingers.
b. Wear sunglasses.
c. Use an appropriate solar filter or the pinhole and card technique.

5. Which of the following will not decrease light pollution?
a. Pointing lights into the sky.
b. Turning lights off when not in use.
c. Reducing air pollution.

6. How can we decrease air pollution?
a. Reduce energy use of all kinds.
b. Seal-off exhaust pipes and smoke stacks with tape.
c. Always cover your head when you go outside.

7. What kind of telescope uses mirrors?
a. Refracting telescope, also known as a Galilean telescope.
b. Reflecting telescope, also known as a Newtonian telescope.
c. Concrete-block telescope, also known as an opaque telescope.

8. Which is not a common tool that astronomers use to study the sky?
a. Telescopes
b. Computers
c. Garden Soil
d. Spectrometers

9. What is/are the most important subject(s) for a future astornomer to study?
a. Math
b. Natural Science
c. Computer Science
d. All of the Above

10. Who can be involved in astronomy?
a. Only people who have had a lot of college.
b. Only men.
c. Anyone who is interested can be involved in some way.

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