Graduate student locates the stars in the sky
May 2, 2008 3:14 PM
The stars are among us.
SF State graduate Michelle Krok is not talking about celebrities, but the stars in the sky.
Krok hosted a show called “What’s in the sky tonight? A matter of perspective: what does the night sky look like from the Equator? From South America? How can you use the stars to determine your location?” in Thornton Hall on May 2.
Projecting the night sky as it’s seen above San Francisco, Krok pointed out the Big Dipper and taught the small audience of students who attended how to locate Polaris, or the North Star, using the well-known constellation.
“Polaris sits 38 degrees above the horizon, [which is] the same latitude as San Francisco,” Krok said. The star always remains stationary while the others in our galaxy move clockwise in a 24-hour cycle.
“The closest star to us is four light-years away,” said Krok, who said she hopes to become an introductory astronomy course lecturer.
To better see the stars, she suggests getting out of the city and heading to Yosemite, or someplace equally dark and open.
Sherry Roces, a nursing major who attended Krok’s presentation, said she was generally interested in astronomy and understood much of the information presented.
“I don’t really stargaze,” the San Francisco native said. “But I will now.”
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