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How to print a star chart from Stellarium?

One function Stellarium lacks is the capability to print the star chart on paper. The easiest way to print is to get the screenshot of Stellarium, embed it in word processor, and then print. However, we need to be sure that all visible celestial bodies on the time and place of stargazing will be visible in the map. We also need to consume less ink in printing Stellarium.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

Finished Stellarium chart

Stargazing sessions with Stellarium

One of the most intellectually stimulating activities in science lessons is the stargazing. Aside from telescope, the other important tool in a stargazing session is the starmap or star chart. Today, starmaps are mostly software programs and I would personally recommend the use of one particular program: Stellarium, a free and open source software star chart.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

Stellarium screenshot showing the position of stars and the constellations

Using Writer’s Record Change feature in essay checking

One excellent way of providing essay work to students is by asking them to submit a soft copy in Open Document Format Text (ODT) and do the proofreading and editing work using OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer with Record Changes enabled. Your students can easily compare their original work with your revisions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

libreoffice record change icon

Using Google more efficiently part V: file type and similar search

This is the last part of the serial post about using Google more efficiently for your research. This entry covers the two remaining syntax that I believe can help you in using Google, the similar search and the specific file type search (for searching PDF files, spreadsheet, etc.)

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

icons for word processor document, spreadsheet, and portable document format with Google search results

Using Google more efficiently part IV: domain specification

Sometimes, if you are conducting a search using Google, most of the information that you actually need comes to one or few specific websites. Should you wish to make the search results uncluttered, there is a way you can limit the search results to one or few specific websites or specific TLDs.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

The TLDs .com, .net, and .org on a background of Google search results

Using Google more efficiently part III: exact and wildcard searches

Use Google to search for exact phrases instead of a group of keywords by enclosing the words in quote. Also include how to force Google to accept your spelling, how to use wildcard and how to use these techniques in conjunction with Boolean operators.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

asterisk and double quotes with Google search results at the background

Using Google more efficiently part II: Boolean operators

If you type more than one word in Google search, the default is that it will search for web pages containing all the words provided. What if you want Google to return pages that contain at least one of these words? What if you want to remove from search results pages that contain certain words?

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

faux diagram of a logic gate with keywords on a Google search result background

Using Google more efficiently for your research

Difficulty in finding the information that you want? Explore the different syntaxes that you can use to find what you need using the search engine Google.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

lens hovering above a globe with Google search results on the background

Formatting cell data in Calc part V: date and time

Part V of serial post about formatting cell data in OpenOffice / LibreOffice Calc. This post is about formatting date and time as seen in the cells. Format codes that are used in date and time is discussed extensively in this entry.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 13 Apr 2013 under Tools

London clock tower

Formatting cell data in Calc part IV: currency or money

Part IV of serial post about formatting cell data in OpenOffice / LibreOffice Calc. This entry is about formatting currency or money. The red and other color(s) formatting for negative numbers is also discussed in this post.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 13 Apr 2013 under Tools

coins and bills

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