Why Are People So Irritated By Skywatching?
Posted by New York Mag on February 15, 2019 07:33:17 A new study has found that people are generally more sensitive to visual cues when they’re looking at an astrolabe, and that’s not just because it’s easier to see the stars.
Skywatchers who’ve used the technology for several months reported that the more they used it, the more likely they were to identify stars, planets, and other celestial objects.
The researchers say the new findings may have something to do with our increased ability to recognize and identify emotions, like joy or anger.
“We may be used to being able to identify emotions with the same visual cues that we can identify emotion in other contexts,” said study co-author Eric Klinenberg, a research psychologist at the University of Chicago.
“That’s what’s interesting about this study: it suggests that our ability to identify emotional cues is really limited by the context we’re looking in.”
So how do we use the technology?
To help people get the most out of their screens, the researchers developed a new app that lets users create and track astrolabes that match their personal interests and preferences.
The app tracks your favorite stars, and when you select one, you can easily view the stars that are nearby, so you can see which ones are brighter than others.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all method,” Klinenburg said.
“So we have to be aware that some people are not going to use the same type of device.
Some people may use the iPhone as their main device.”
And it’s not as easy to make a personal astrolobook.
People who use the app have to fill out a questionnaire that asks them whether they want to create an astrobook or just keep an eye on a chart of the stars at their local viewing spot.
The participants then upload the chart onto their smartphones, where the app can tell them when they’ve finished the app and when they can return to it.
The process is relatively quick, and Klinberg said he and his colleagues have been able to capture more than 100,000 stars from more than 10,000 astrolabs that they’ve created.
The team hopes the app will be able to help people discover their own interests and hobbies by allowing them to track the stars around them.
For example, people who want to know how the constellations of the zodiac look could be more interested in the constella constella constellation, the constellation of the four constellated dragons.
Or if they want a guide to the planets, they can look for the planets in the zeta constellation.
Klinaughes team also hopes the software can help people find the right astrolopes for them, so that they can find them in their local area.
“It’s about connecting people with the sky,” he said.