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Astronomy Exercise, 12/05/2005

We will be back in the computer lab again on Thursday, 12/8/2005.

Do the Planetarium activities on pages 437 and 463 of your textbook. Answer ALL questions as you complete the lab.

When you are finished with the exercise using Starry Night Pro, answer the questions below.


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


2) What's up in the news? (As related to Astronomy!)

The Universe Today



3) 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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Astronomy Exercise, 11/28/2005

Do the Planetarium activities on pages 393 and 419 of your textbook. Answer ALL questions as you complete the lab.

When you are finished with the exercise using Starry Night Pro, answer the questions below.


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


2) What's up in the news? (As related to Astronomy!)

The Universe Today



3) 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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Astronomy Exercise, 11/21/2005

Do the Planetarium activity on pages 338-339 and 369 of your textbook. Answer ALL questions as you complete the lab.

When you are finished with the exercise using Starry Night Pro, answer the questions below.


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

2)
When you finish with this activity...
Go to the following web sites and find out what's going on in the night sky! Write a summary for the week...and go outside at night and have a look! Mars is a VERY bright yellow-orange in the East after sunset.


Sky and Telescope magazine




Spaceweather.com



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day



N.G. Photo of the day

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Astronomy Exercise, 11/14/2005

COMPLETE ALL 8 PARTS!

You will have to really stay focused to finish this today.

Do the Planetarium activity on (1) pages 289 AND (2) 310 of your textbook. (3)Answer ALL questions as you complete the lab, and include all necessary materials when you turn in the assignment.

Make sure you answer the questions below too.

I would also suggest that now would be a good time to (4) print out the night sky, take home the printouts and see if you can find Uranus in the night sky; you'll probably need binoculars to see it.

(5) What planets are visible tonight through Thursday?

(6) Using Starry Night Pro, print out the night sky where you would find the radiants (where the meteors appear to be coming from) of the Leonid and Taurid meteor showers.

Hint: Go to
Spaceweather.com
for more information!

(7) What is a fireball?

(8) Why will viewing the Leonid meteors be more difficult this year than it was last year?

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Astronomy Exercise, 11/7/2005

Do the Planetarium activity on page 263 of your textbook. Answer ALL questions as you complete the lab, and include your data sheet with the assignment.

When you are finished with the exercise using Starry Night Pro, answer the questions below.


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

2)
When you finish with this activity...
Go to the following web sites and find out what's going on in the night sky! Write a summary for the week...and go outside at night and have a look! Mars is a VERY bright yellow-orange in the East after sunset.


Sky and Telescope magazine




Spaceweather.com



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day



N.G. Photo of the day

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Astronomy exercise, 11/4/2005

1) Go here and input data for blackbody radiation to see it plotted.

Blackbody graph


Go to the following web site and answer the questions below.

Blackbody intro/interactive


2) The color of an object depends on temperature as predicted by what law?

3) The Stefan-Boltzmann law allows us to determine the temperature by measuring what?

4) What is the primary means astronomers have of determining the temperatures of distant stars?

5) As you manipulate the temperature on the java applet, toward what color is the spectrum shifted as temperature decreases?

Go to the following web site and answer the questions below.


Multiwavelength Milky Way


6) Why is Light is often called electromagnetic radiation?

7) Every form of light is associated with a wavelength and an energy. Energy, in turn, is associated with what?

8) What is the approximate wavelength of a red laser?

9) What is the approximate wavelength of a green laser?

10) Define Planck's Law mathematically.

11) What color has the shortest wavelength of the visible spectrum?

Go to the following web site and find the mass of Cygnus x-1. And no, you do NOT get out of homework for the solution to the problem. ;-)


Cygnus X-1



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Astronomy Exercise, 11/31/2005

NO WAIT!!!!! Today is NOT November 1, OR even November 31. Like that will ever happen....

10/31/2005, NOT 11/31/2005.....

:-)

Do the Planetarium activity on page 230 of your textbook. Answer ALL questions as you complete the lab, including the ones below!

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

2)
When you finish with this activity...
Go to the following web sites and find out what's going on in the night sky!


Spaceweather.com



Astronomy Photo of the day



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day



N.G. Photo of the day



discovery.com



Scientific American



National Geographic


Keeping up to date....

discover.com



LiveScience.com



Games....and interactives...

Interactives

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Astronomy Exercise, 10/26/2005

Do the Planetarium activity on page 204 - 205 of your textbook. Answer the question relative to this activity.
#1 - What is the angular separation of the Sun and Moon for both locations
#2 - Does an eclipse occur?

In addition, answer the questions below and turn them in tomorrow at the beginning of the period.

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

4) On the Astronomy Picture of the day web site, search for "Lunation" in the archives. Pick one, view it, and describe what happens. Try to explain WHY you see what you see for ALL MOTION (not just the lunar phases!)

5) Go to
space.com
and list the 3 stories in "Today's News and Features".

6)How is Mars similar to Earth, according to the story?

7) Under "Red Planet Rising" Find and print out the Viewing Mars" .pdf file (2 pages)

8) Find and read (print it out ONLY if you are interested!) How to: Mars Photography using the link under "Sky Tour resources".


When you finish with this activity...
Go to the following web sites and find out what's going on in the night sky!


Spaceweather.com



Astronomy Photo of the day



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day



N.G. Photo of the day



discovery.com



Scientific American



National Geographic


Keeping up to date....

discover.com



LiveScience.com



Games....and interactives...

Interactives



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Astronomy Exercise, 10/17/2005

Do the Planetarium activity on page 178 of your textbook. Answer the question relative to this activity and turn it in by the end of the period.

When you finish with this activity...
Go to the following web sites and find out what's going on in the night sky!


Spaceweather.com



Astronomy Photo of the day



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day



N.G. Photo of the day



discovery.com



Scientific American



National Geographic


Keeping up to date....

discover.com



LiveScience.com



Games....and interactives...

Interactives




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Astronomy Exercise, 10/10/2005

Again, (redundant, isn't it?) at this point, I will assume that you are familiar enough with the program controls to be able to do the exercise listed.

Do only the Planetarium activity on page 129 of your textbook. Answer the question relative to this activity (List the 8 constellations you gather from the activity too). Turn it in by the end of the period.

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Astronomy Exercise, 10/3/2005

Again, at this point, I will assume that you are familiar with the controls to be able to do the exercise listed.

Do only the Planetarium activity on page 98 of your textbook. Answer all questions relative to this activity. Turn it in by the end of the period. Turn in ALL data you've collected to answer the questions.

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Astronomy exercise 9/26

Do only the Planetarium activity on page 77 of your textbook. Answer all questions relative to this activity. Turn it in by the end of the period. Turn in ALL data you've collected to answer the questions.
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I've left the other exercises up on this page (below) in case someone has been absent. I'll try to keep this as up to date as possible.
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From ISTEP week...

Last day of this this week. Make sure you finish ALL the assignments today and turn them in by the end of the period.

When you finish, please explore Starry Night Pro and get used to its controls - like field of view, time, location, etc.

Previous instructions follow:

If you finished with Tuesday's assignment, there are more items to complete below Tuesday's questions and procedures. Just continue wherever you happened to stop yesterday.

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Tuesday's (9/20) procedure and questions
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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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Wednesday's (9/21) questions and procedures.
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18) In your textbook on page 34, work through the Planetarium activity step by step. This may take some time looking for controls.

19) When you finish with this, write up the comparison.

20) Complete the planetarium activity on page 55.

21) Answer the questions for the planetarium activity.


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