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12/18/2009

Go to the following website, and the accompanying links, and make sure you check out all the links. And yes, I know some are broken links - I just didn't have time to hunt them all down again.
LSB




Christmas Break stuff







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12/15/2009

Use Starry Night Pro to complete the following exercise.

1. Turn off the daylight and horizon displays.
2. Open the "Display" Palette and click on the left side of the "Stars" button.
3. Turn on "Limit by Magnitude".
4. Set the faintest magnitude to 6.0, click on "Apply", then OK, then OK again.
5. Click on the "GOTO" toggle on the horizontal toolbar.
7. Set Right Ascension and Declination to 16 hours 11.4 minutes and 33 degrees 4.6 minutes, then click on "Center".
8. Zoom in until the field of view is 10 degrees.
9. Click on "File", then "Print" to print a map of the region of the sky shown in the display.
10. ON THE CHART, mark the stars you see in the display. One by one, double click on the stars with the selection tool (arrow) and record their temperatures and luminosities.
11. Decide which star is most likely to have planets. (HINT: Eliminate ALL stars not on the main sequence with temperatures similar to the Sun. Also get rid of stars with a binary companion closer than 10 seconds of arc.)

The star you should have selected is orbited by a planet about as massive as Jupiter but with an orbit smaller than that of Mercury.

After you have finished with this, and have written down your answer to #11, tell Mr. Bailey your choices (on a list IF you need) then continue below.


Spaceweather.com


Sky and Telescope magazine


Astronomy magazine



APOD



Universe Today.com


The next meeting of the Stonebelt Stargazers is Monday Dec. 21st at 6:30 P.M. You would be very welcome to attend the meeting!

Stonebelt Stargazers






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12/3/2009
MAKE SURE YOU READ (and complete!)ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise complete the planetarium activity on page 547 of your textbook.

Then answer the following questions using Starry Night Pro.

1. At 6:30 P.M. tonight here in Lawrence County, providing that the sky is clear, would an observer be able to see the moon?

2. Regardless of the time of day, etc., draw what the moon would look like to an observer from here in Lawrence county sometime today or tonight when it is above the horizon - and answers that you wouldn't see it since it's daylight will be counted wrong. Work on the assumption that you will be able to see it sometime today.

3. What planets will be visible from 8:00 P.M. tonight until 10:00 P.M. tonight?

4. What time does Betelgeuse set and rise tonight and tomorrow?

5. Explain why the moon's appearance changes from day to day. Hint: It's not Earth's rotation...


Sky and Telescope magazine


Spaceweather.com






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12/1/2009
MAKE SURE YOU READ (and complete!)ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise complete the planetarium activity on page 514 of your textbook.

Then answer the following questions using Starry Night Pro.

1. At 6:30 A.M. tomorrow morning, at this location, in what direction would you look to see the constellation Orion?

2. What would be the altitude of Orion from the horizon at the time listed for #1?

3. Will Orion still be visible from here at the time listed on (A)Jan. 1, (B) Feb. 1, (C) August 1? If Not, during what time period would it be visible from this location on each of those days?

4. At what time will Taurus (A) rise and (B) set tomorrow?

5. Why does this changing view of the sky happen?

Hand in your assignment at the end of the period.



Spaceweather.com







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11/24/2009

Go to the following web site and take a look at "lunation":

Lunation


1) What is "lunation"?

2) Why does the moon appear to be moving while the phases change?



Lunar Analemma


3) What is an analemma?

4) What causes the analemma?


Explore this web site. It has lots of good information.

Kid Cosmos



Next....

Lunar Planetary Institute


5) How many daily cycles (days) were there each year during the Devonian Period?

6) Why does Earth's day length change during the year?




APOD


7) What is an "Orrery"?

8) Click on "View entire Solar system". Earth is represented by what symbol?


Your Sky


9) Click on "object catalogues" listed under "Virtual Telescope".
Click on "Asteroids by name".
Click on "C", then "Ceres".

A) What is its Absolute Magnitude?
B) Why is this significant?

10) In what constellations is it located?(there are 3 of them)

11) What is its Right Ascencion and Declination?



Ceres


12) How was Ceres classified when it was first discovered?

Go to the following web site and view the applet:

Lunar Phase applet


13) Explain why we see the various phases of the moon.

14) Draw the locations of the Sun-Earth-Moon at 3rd quarter.

When you are finished hand in your paper, then visit the following web sites, especially the moon map.


Astronomy magazine



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
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Sky and Telescope magazine












11/19/2009

MAKE SURE YOU READ (and complete!)ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 463 of your textbook.

Hand it in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com

Make sure you take the link to see the "great western fireball" video too - it's about as good as it gets!

And check out the sky:

Skyandtelescope.com













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11/17/2009

MAKE SURE YOU READ (and complete!)ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 437 of your textbook.

Hand it in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com

And check out the sky:

Skyandtelescope.com






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11/10/2009

MAKE SURE YOU READ (and complete!)ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 419 of your textbook.

Hand it in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com

Just don't stare at it for too long.
;-)







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11/10/2009

MAKE SURE YOU READ (and complete!)ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 369 of your textbook.

Hand IT in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com

Don't forget the Taurid meteor shower currently ongoing - if we can get rid of the clouds.

Click on and read the article: "ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS EXHIBITION"


Also read about the "SUNSET FIREBALL".


And How about a little info about observing...

Observing the Moon...


Try this one!

Test your knowledge!













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11/3/2009

MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL OF TODAY's PAGE..

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on pages 338-339 of your textbook.

Hand them in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com

Yeah. Like there's anything to see...blank again. Actually, there's more to it than that. Click on the link about the sunspot cycle!

Read the article about the "Glancing Blow" too - there is a small chance for an aurora tonight.

And also about the NEXT meteor shower! (What is is, and when should you watch for it?)

And then about NASA's questions about the sun...

Heliophysics Big Questions...














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11/3/2009

For today's exercise do both of the planetarium activities on page 310 of your textbook. Don't waste time, it will take a while for you to complete it!

Hand them in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com

Yeah. Like there's anything to see...blank again. Darn rain, anyhow! But actually, read the article about the sunspots!

And also about the NEXT meteor shower! (What is is, and when should you watch for it?)

And then about NASA's questions about the sun...

Heliophysics Big Questions...









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10/29/2009

For today's exercise do the planetarium activities on page 288 of your textbook. Don't waste time, it will take a while for you to complete it!

Hand them in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com







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10/27/2009

For today's exercise do the planetarium activities on page 263 of your textbook. Don't waste time, it will take a while for you to complete it!

Hand them in at the end of the period.

When you finish, check out

Spaceweather.com



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10/20/2009

I won't be here to tell you, so read this about tomorrow morning:

NASA news..
You'll be sorry if you don't see it...but now on to today's assignment.

For today's exercise do the planetarium activities on page 230 of your textbook. Don't waste time, it will take a while for you to complete these!

Hand them in at the end of the period.









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10/15/2009

1. For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on pages 204-205 of your textbook, then look at the links from 10/1/2009 and 9/29 again, as well as the links at the bottom of this page.

2. Using Starry Night Pro List the Azimuth angle, altitude from the horizon, and time someone could go outside and view each of the following objects TONIGHT. If the object is below the horizon, find the first possible date and time when it could be observed. (IF weather permits!)

A. Cassiopeia (constellation)

B. Auriga

C. Pleiades (Open Cluster)

3. For tonight (or tomorrow morning): IF weather permits, GO OUT AND LOOK FOR THEM!!! (As well as the ones I listed last time!)

Seriously, this IS Astronomy. Get out and look for these things!

Draw a sketch for me including the Horizon and the direction you were looking!!

I want to see them tomorrow!

4. What planets will be visible tomorrow morning along with the moon????

Spaceweather.com..

On the spaceweather.com link watch the video, and read about the Netherlands fireball and the update for it.


The Stonebelt Stargazers have their monthly meeting at Morrow Observatory Monday night at 6:30.


Astronomical League..




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10/13/2009

1. For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 179 of your textbook, then look at the links from 10/1/2009 and 9/29 again, as well as the links at the bottom of this page.

2. Using Starry Night Pro List the Azimuth angle, altitude from the horizon, and time someone could go outside and view each of the following objects TONIGHT. If the object is below the horizon, find the first possible date and time when it could be observed. (IF weather permits!)

A. Orion (constellation)

B. Taurus

C. Sirius

3. For tonight: IF weather permits, GO OUT AND LOOK FOR THEM!!!

Seriously, this IS Astronomy. Get out and look for these things!

Draw a sketch for me including the Horizon and the direction you were looking!!

I want to see them tomorrow!

4. What two planets will be visible tomorrow morning????

Spaceweather.com..

On the spaceweather.com link watch the video, and read about the fireball and the update for it.





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10/8/2009

New info about the asteroid form the video yesterday...
Asteroid watch


Saturn has even more rings than previously thought...
Saturn


What happens on the moon this week?
Moon?

Explain the difference between a planet, a dwarf planet, a Plutoid, and Small Solar Syatem Bodies using the link below:

The International Astronomical Union...

Check out the different planets...

The Eight planets...





10/6/2009

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 129 of your textbook, then look at the links from 10/1/2009 and 9/29 again, as well as the links at the bottom of this page.






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10/1/2009
For today you will be using Starry Night Pro to answer the following questions.

If it isn't already, set your location to Indianapolis.

List the Azimuth angle, altitude from the horizon, and time someone could go outside and view each of the following objects. If the object is below the horizon, find the first possible date and time when it could be observed.

1. Orion (constellation)

2. Taurus

3. Auriga

4. Cancer

5. Regulus (star)

6. Delphinus (constellation)

7. Spica (star)

8. Cepheus (Constellation)

9. Serpens

10. Fomalhaut (Star)

11. What is the bright object due east in the early mornings now?

12. Are there any sunspots on the sun to be observed today?

Spaceweather.com..

13. What is the active percent chance tha solar activity will cause an Aurora in the next 24 hours in the mid-latitude areas of the U.S.?

14. What is the full moon called when it occurs closest to the autumnal equinox (Sat. night!)

Skyandtelescope.com..




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9/29/2009

For today's exercise read through the material and look at the video clips on the following web sites having to do with the big G...Gravity:

Physclips..


IF (doubtful at best) you finish with material on the previous linked page, then read through thie material on this web site:

Physics classroom..




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9/24/2009

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 98 of your textbook, then look at the links from 9/22 again.

If you haven't tried this yet, finish the lab first and then do the quiz:

Brilliant Minds Quiz..


Take a look at the Radio Jove project:

RadioJove...




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9/22/2009

Go to the following web sites and read the material, look at the animations, and otherwise pay attention to the extra material I have for you to help with Ch 3 and 4....especially the mathematical relationships in each of Kepler's Laws.


Kepler...




Kepler again....




Planetary Motion




And again....




Fun stuff....




Kepler's Laws Calculator...




Keplers laws calculator...different version




Animations....




Animations 2....




Animations 3....




The Science Channel.......




Brilliant Minds Quiz..




How Stuff Works...




Planetary configurations simulator...




Planetary Orbits simulator...




Resources...




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9/17/2009

I'm hoping that you have been watching the morning sky like I've been telling you. Orion is now almost due South (not quite, but close) at 6:30 A.M. and the crescent moon has put on quite a show the last few days - along with something else. See if you can identify the bright object it has been near this week!

For today's exercise do the planetarium activity on page 77 of your textbook, then look at the following links:

The Universe Today


The Sun is quiescent again, no sunspots - BUT this is a special time of the year. Read about the potential for seeing the northern lights - the Aurora Borealis on

Spaceweather.com

There are LOTS of great links from Spaceweather.com, check them out.

If you want to see satellites use this link to know when to look:

Satellite Flybys


For a look at what's happening...

Sky and Telescope magazine


If you want to check out great images...

Astronomy Picture of the Day



space.com


The Stonebelt Stargazers monthly meeting will be this Monday (Sept. 21) at 6:30 P.M. in the classroom part of the Observatory.

Stonebelt Stargazers





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9/14/2009

Just a reminder, your first test will be tomorrow over chapters 1,2, and 3.


Answer the questions below using the following web site:

MIT Astronomy


1. How long does it take the eye's pupil to expand to its maximum diameter after the lights are turned off?

2. What causes the eyes gain in sensitivity over time?

3. How long does it take for a person's eyes to adapt to darkness completely?

4. Explain why a red flashlight will not affect a person's night vision?

5. What is the reason why averted vision helps you see very faint objects?

6. Why do faint deep-sky objects usually disappoint beginning observers?

7. Explain the reason for the answer to #6.

8. Name one of the few nebulae that actually are of visual interest due to its surface brightness.

9. Explain why persons that wear eyeglasses sometimes have trouble properly positioning their eye for viewing with an eyepiece.

10. What is "Star-hopping"?

11. When finding directions using a star atlas, why is East shown to the left of North?

12. What is a finderscope?

13. Right ascension increases in what direction?

14. According to the article, why was it a mystery as to how successful observations were performed in the summer? (What invention made it easier? ;-)

15. Who is often considered the founder of modern astronomy? What did he have to say about "seeing"?

16) what is the
Astronomy Photo of the day
for today?

17) What's up in the news for this week? (As related to Astronomy, particularly about the "Citizen Sky" network!)

The Universe Today


18) What's visible in the night sky tonight and tomorrow night?

Sky and Telescope magazine



Spaceweather.com



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day





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9/10/2009
Do the planetarium activity on page 55 in your textbook. Make sure you follow the instructions step-by-step, or you'll have problems.

Once that is completed, go to Bad Astronomy , the website by Dr. Phil Plait, whom you may have seen on one of the various space programs shown on the Discovery Channel network. This is a great resource for a lot of information, as well as cool images.






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9/8/2009
Finish the exercise from last week and hand it in, then check out the following website:

Planetary ages...


***Write an explanation as to WHY there are differences between a persons age on different planets.

MAKE SURE that you have read Chapter 3, especially the part about the small angle equation for tomorrow.

When you finish all this, take a look at the links near the bottom of this page. BTW, the link for "Universe Today" has LOTS of news stories and info about stuff related to astronomy and space.



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9/3/2009

The exercise today is primarily meant as a tutorial.

Click on the link below to go to today's exercise - answer the questions using the links provided. Hand in the exercise by the end of class.

Astro Coordinates






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9/1/2009

Do the planetarium activity on page 34 in your textbook. Make sure you follow the instructions step-by-step, or you'll have problems.

Once that is completed, go to
Spaceweather.com
and take a look at the Daily Sun for 01 Sept. 09.

There is a sunspot! How many days in a row has the Sun gone without a sunspot until this one?

Another link in which you may be interested is
Sky and Telescope magazine
. The feature listed as "S & T Interactive Sky Chart" is very useful if you need to find something in the sky and do not have Starry Night Pro.

There is a LOT of useful information which may be found on this website. Explore it!







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8/27/2009
The assignment from yesterday is below; several of you finished, and there are web pages linked at the page bottom you should go to and look at the information found there once you finish with yesterday's material.

Work through the "Planetarium Activity" on page 14 of your textbook.


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8/27/2009

Ok,

Today you are going to get familiar with the controls of Starry Night Pro.

Minimize this screen, then start "Starry Night Pro" from the icon on the desktop.

1) When it asks for your name, don't enter anything - just click "ok".

2) Click back on this page for more instructions.

3) For now, and until you are instructed otherwise, you will use ONLY the toolbar at the top of the program. Find the small pennant flag in ther toolbar at the top of Starry Night Pro. Click it. A screen should pop up with an Indianapolis location - which is OK. We'll use that setting for simpicity. If it doesn show Indianapolis, do a search and change the settings to Indianapolis.

4) click on the small clock to the left of the pennant on the toolbar. A window will pop up; click "now". What time is shown?

5) Change the time to 10:00 p.m. by clicking on the numbers shown and retyping with the new time, and type "P" when on AM - it will change to PM.

6) What happened to the view on the screen????

7) Notice the cursor is now a hand. Put the cursor anywhere on the screen and click the left button. The hand will make a fist; while making a fist, move the cursor. What happens to the page?

8) Now put the cursor over a star. What happens?

9) Click on the star. What happens?

10) Notice the "N" button on the toolbar. Click it. What happens?

11) What happens when you click on the "Z" button on the toolbar?

12) Click on a star, then click on the toolbar button with the "i" inside the circle. What happens? What information can be found?

13) Click on the icon that looks like a magnifying glass. A screen will pop up asking for "find". Click on the small arrow, which then shows a drop down menu. Choose "Planet, etc."

14) Uncheck "magnify for best viewing of found objects". On the second drop down menu, choose "Mars", then click "find". What happens?

15) Use the hand to grab the page and drag it down so that the horizon is barely showing the directions (NE, E).

16) In the upper left page corner, Click on "File", then "print". Get the page from the printer, put your name on it, and turn it in.

17)When you finish #16 try out the other controls to see what you can find out about the sky!!!

LSB





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Here's a link to the home page for the Stonebelt Stargazers. Check it out and see what they have going on!

Stonebelt Stargazers



Here's a reading assignment which will help you find your way around the night sky.

Principles of Astronomy Page






Answer to 12/15/2009 planet search: p Corona Borealis

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