Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help students with research projects? Where should I point them for ideas for topics and how can I help them use WWT to find more information?

    When choosing topics, try to steer students toward interesting stories, not just facts. (Examples: How does a star form? Where do planetary nebulae come from? What happens when two galaxies collide? What is the evidence for black holes? Why is Neptune blue while Saturn is orange?)

    Don’t feel like you have to tell them all the answers. Teach them to fish instead of giving them fish. “That’s a good question. What do you think?”

    When you do give answers, try to focus your explanations on WHY something is true, HOW we know...

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How do I use Wikipedia from the Finder Scope?

To use Finder Scope to get information from Wikipedia, click on the “Research” button at the bottom of the Finder Scope screen. Click on “Information” and then select “Look up on Wikipedia.”  Make sure to align the Finder Scope with the image that lists only the name of the object, not a title from a press release or from a specific photograph.

Also, keep in mind that not every object in WWT has a Wikipedia page. Many objects that have names that like HIP91792 that seem to be just a string of letters and numbers do not have Wikipedia pages. You may have...

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I’m having trouble making the finder scope work. What should I do?

First, check to make sure the Finder Scope is lined up with the correct object. You can do this by reading the name listed on the Finder Scope and comparing it to the name of your desired object. If the object the Finder Scope is focused on is not the object you want, try moving it slightly and see if you can detect your object.

You can also check that the thumbnail that shows up on the Finder Scope matches the image you want to research. You may sometimes find that your Finder Scope is looking at an infrared image when you were trying to...

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