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Monsieur OUXX

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Astronomy consultant wanted

We're going to have several puzzles revolving around astronomy.

By astronomy, we mean those sorts of concepts :
- constellations (both north and south hemisphere)
- what's the equinox, the azimuth, etc., and have a vague idea of how they might be included in calculations -- either to predict earth position, or constellations/planets/positions...
- how it potentially relates to the time of the year or to the actual year (can one hypothetically tell what year it is just from looking at the sky?)
- what are the planets that can be seen with the naked eye, what can be deduced from just looking at the sky, what can be deduced from having instruments (and which types of instruments, such as astrolabs and stuff)
- etc.

- Bonus: some very rough knowledge in the history of astronomy -- South American Mayan stuff

Your knowledge should not be necessarily very advanced. It can even be very basic. But you must have (very rough) ideas on all of that.
We'll probably ask you specific questions from time to time, to have clearer ideas in terms of what's possible or not in terms of puzzles.



PS: just to be clear, we're talking astronomy, not astrology. I mentionned the constellations becvause they're an important part of the sky map.

« Last Edit: 05 Jan 2018, 17:50 by Monsieur OUXX »
 

AnasAbdin

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In terms of game production:

- constellations (both north and south hemisphere)
- how it potentially relates to the time of the year or to the actual year
- what are the planets that can be seen with the naked eye, what can be deduced from just looking at the sky, what can be deduced from having instruments (and which types of instruments, such as astrolabs and stuff)

There are several apps and/or websites that generate the sky at any date, time, and from any location on earth.
Note that for a simple person, the difference between planets and stars in the sky is that stars twinkle and planets don't.

(can one hypothetically tell what year it is just from looking at the sky?)

No. Even a professional astrophysicist may give a broad time range. The sky doesn't change much yearly. Change in space takes millions of years except if you want to include supernovae which happen at a precise year. Still too risky to use. However, you can tell what day of the year by some calculations and shadow length/angle. But as I said, too risky for a puzzle. I did a very complicated orbital puzzle before which generated tons of emails asking me for the solution even though the solve was in the game (players get a scroll that has the answer..) still, be careful with complicated puzzles.

- what's the equinox, the azimuth, etc., and have a vague idea of how they might be included in calculations -- either to predict earth position, or constellations/planets/positions...
- etc.
- Bonus: some very rough knowledge in the history of astronomy -- South American Mayan stuff

Please feel free to PM me any question ;-D and you may shut me anytime because once I get started only a black hole can stop me (laugh) (It won't actually, I'd still be talking just my output won't be able to escape the gravitational pull!)

« Last Edit: 06 Jan 2018, 09:22 by AnasAbdin »

Monsieur OUXX

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Please feel free to PM me any question ;-D and
Haha! All you had to do was to say: "Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!" :-D
I'll send you messages.