Astronomy Merit Badge: Worksheet & Requirements
Earning the Astronomy Merit Badge can help Scouts learn a lot about the stars, planets, and objects in our universe. It requires a combination of observing the night sky and learning about the science behind astronomy. In this article, we’ll cover the worksheet and requirements for scouts to earn their Astronomy Merit Badge.
In order to earn the Astronomy Merit Badge, Scouts need to complete a worksheet and certain requirements. According to the Astronomy Merit Badge Pamphlet, Scouts must fulfill the following requirements:
- Describe the role of a professional astronomer.
- Describe the structures of the solar system and the objects found in it.
- Describe the types of objects found outside our solar system.
- Explain how scientists use light, radio waves, and other electromagnetic radiation to learn about stars, galaxies, etc.
- Explain how the position and motion of stars, planets, and other celestial objects can be measured.
- Describe the effects of light pollution on night skies.
- Discuss the safety procedures when observing the sun, moon, stars, and other celestial objects.
The Astronomy Merit Badge Prerequisites Worksheet provides Scouts with a list of activities designed to help them gain a better understanding of astronomy. A few of the activities listed include:
- Identify in the sky at least 10 constellations, at least four of which are in the zodiac.
- Observe the night sky four times over a 2-4 week period.
- Present an astronomy activity.
- Construct a scale model of the solar system.
Earning the Astronomy Merit Badge requires Scouts to complete a worksheet and fulfill the given requirements. The worksheet is designed to help Scouts gain a better understanding of the science behind astronomy. Scouts must also identify constellations, observe the night sky, present an astronomy activity, and construct a scale model of the solar system. With dedication and a bit of hard work, Scouts can earn their Astronomy Merit Badge.