|Aug. 22. Triad Day
Slideshow of Student Photos from 2010
Homework: Assemble planisphere. Note: When you have completed the planisphere you should complete the HW - Planisphere Questions - closes Sept. 2, Noon.
Read Ch. 1 to page 15 before Wednesday
|Structure of the sky
Read Ch. 1 (all) before Thursday.
Discussion on "Structure of the Sky". Moodle slideshow
Sign-up for 1st observing session - 5 students max.
Lecture Quiz - Moodle - Structure of Sky
Planisphere Quiz - Problems?
|All-class Observing session - 8:30 pm. Regardless of
View Stars naked eye. - make observations of stars, develop skills in locating stars and constellations. -
Tracking Experiment - Report due Wed, Sept. 7, 2011
Sun in filtered telescope - sunspots
|Photograph sunspots (and again on Thursday afternoon by
Discuss Suntracking experiment
Photo of sky dome
| All-class Observing session 8:15 pm Trip to Blue
Ridge Parkway (allow more than 2 hours.
On-line tutorial Viewing the Sky
|Sept. 5 scaled sizes in Solar System.
Read Ch. 2 to page 31.
of the known Universe,
Powers of Ten film. This video is in the WWC Library.
Discussion about "dark energy"
|Sept. 12 Photograph Sun through filter - compare with
size of model Sun from peppercorn Earth
Moon orbit and phase
Review for exam - Review outline posted.
|Sept 14 Exam
I. (30 minutes)
On-line review outline (updated for 2008)
Moon discussion - read Ch. 6 pg. 160 to end.
Moon Photos and Moon features discussion - See CCD PhotoSession
Meteor Crater slide show
Lunar Features Tutorial
|Observation session cancelled. Clouds.
|Sept. 19 Experiment: Measure
lunar sizes. Report due Wed. Sept. 28.
Read Ch. 2 - Gravitation and Waltz of Planets for Sept.
Exams turned back in students' folders
|Discuss Lunar features.
Discuss Kepler's laws and Universal Gravitation of Newton.
Planetary Motion Tutorial
|Observation session - whole class (weather
permitting). Observation session cancelled - cloudy
Make-up exam 8:30 pm regardless of weather. See class notes for who qualifies.
|Sept. 26. Planetary motion - Kepler's Laws
followed by Lecture Quiz.
|| Lunar Size Measurements Report Due.
Begin Light and Color Demos.
See Light and Color Lab
Discuss Light and Color
LCD Monitor images
|Observation session or lab - whole class regardless of
Measure Polaris' Elevation and latitude and
Observing: Moon, Terminator, visual telescope.
|Oct. 3 Continue Color and Light (note there will be no
lab report for Light and Color. The material will be
on exam, however.
On-line HW: Color and Light - This counts toward the course grade. Closes Oct. 12, after Exam II.
Photograph spectra Hydrogen, Helium, Daylight (Solar)
|Polaris Elevation lab report due.(4:00 pm Thursday in
Spidel 205 - Collins' office)
Discuss topics for first research paper ("Mini topic")
Spectra tutorial (closes after exam)
Review for Exam
|No observing. Students may come and practice using
the 8-inch Dobson telescope. Please put back when
Sigma Xi meeting at UNC-A. "Groundwater Pollution". See DFC before Wed if you wish to attend. (Bonus if write a summary)
|Oct. 10 Exam
II. (30 minutes) - Review on-line.
Measure time for Sun to rotate Report due Wed, Oct. 26.
Images: Aug 31,2011 1:45 pm
Sept. 1, 2011 3:00 pm
and Sept. 2, 2011 4:20 pm
|New assignment due for Thurs. evening: Turn-in one
non-Internet bibliographic source and the title for your
mini-research project. The project is due on Nov. 3,
If clear, we will observe M31 and practice finding it with binoculars and Dobson telescope.
If cloudy, we will have an optional work session for completing the solar rotation measurement. The weather was cloudy.
|Oct.17 Fall Break||Fall Break||Fall Break Note: there will be 2 all-class
observing sessions on Thursday nights after fall
break. Weather determined. Objects: open
clusters, globular clusters, star forming regions, Orion
negula, Galaxies, comets, Neptune, Uranus. We
continue with Astro Photo Sessions on Monday, Wednesday,
|Oct. 24 Telescopes Lenses and optics - Ch. 3 of
Explore lenses, prep for Wed Lab
On-line Tutorial: Lenses and Telescope Closes after Exam III. This contributes to 5% of grade.
|Lab Report due:
New Experiment: Lenses and Simple Telescope
|All Class Observing - weather permitting - Jupiter, star
clusters. Clouded out.
Comet Elenin Gone.
|Oct. 31 Lecture
quiz - Lens and Telescope
Begin discussion of stars - distance, determination of distance, magnitude scale (Ch. 11 to page 324)
Lecture Quiz - Parsecs and Inverse squares
|Lab Report due: Lenses and simple telescope
New Experiment: Photometry of artificial star (Phot 1)
Revised data for artificial star.
On-line Tutorial - Magnitudes and Inverse Square (required. Closes Dec. 14, 2011)
|Nov. 3. Mini Research Project due.
All Class Observing - Jupiter, star clusters, M31 galaxy - rained out. Observing cancelled.
|Nov. 7 Finish artificial star spreadsheet if necessary.
||Lab Report Due: Photometry of
artificial star .
Experiment: Measure brightness and magnitudes of stars in Cassiopeia. (Phot 2) Report due Wednesday after T-giving.
|Nov. 10. Sigma Xi Meeting: 7:00 pm Morse
209. Dr. Kevin Moorhead of UNC-A (WWC alumnus) on
"Large Scale Power Plants". Upon submitting an e-mail sumary, students may earn 1 hour of "Photo Credit" or a make-up of one missed class.
Full Moon, no observing
|Nov. 14 Work on spreadsheet to calculate magnitudes and
Intrinsic magnitudes and luminosities. See notes.
Review for exam. On-line review: click here.
|Nov. 16 Exam III
||Thursday night whole-class observing - success!
|Nov. 21 Text read Ch. 11, 12 for Nov. 28.
Spreadsheet for magnitude, intrinsic mag, luminosity
Characteristics of stars - temperature
Spectral characteristic, size,
Thanksgiving Break - no class
|Thanksgiving Break - no class
|Nov. 28. Stars - Energy source.See Ch. 10, pp.302 f on
sources of solar energy.
Temperature, Spectral classification, H-R diagrams (H-R diagrams not covered, but main sequence was mentioned.
Note Project II (creative) due on Dec. 12.
|Lab report due: Magnitudes and luminosities
of stars in Cassiopeia. - include spreadsheet and
New Experiment: Hertzsprung-Russell Diagrams for clusters.
|Thursday night whole-class observing - Orion (weather
permitting) - Success!
Work on H-R diagrams for clusters
|Dec. 5 Activity: Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram for
On-line Tutorial: Stellar energy, Stellar Evolution, H-R diagrams
Closes after Exam IV on Dec. 14.
Discuss clusters and ages, H-R diagram, Stellar evolution
PPOW Feb. 20, 2004
APOD July 10, 2005 - Trapezium
Color-Magnitude report due.
|Last Photo session. 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
|Dec. 12 Creative
Project Due.(Alternative: report extensively on one
of your photo session objects with references)
Review. Outline is posted.
|Dec. 14. Exam IV
Last day of class
Discuss results of color photometry
|Dec. 15. No Class
We are planning 5 Thursday night all-class observation activities
plus one Thursday night when cloudy for solar eclipse video.
Come to the Thursday night sessions regardless of weather when
class decision will be made. Some days an e-mail
announcement will be made by 4:30 pm.
List of night observation activities:
Polaris elevation and latitude
Craggy trip during dark moon
the course is divided among 5 different types of assignments