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10/5/2006

Use the links to web sites in order to answer the questions below.


Universe Today.com
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1) What significant events occurred on this date in 1907 and 1923?

2) When is the "Harvest Moon" for North America?



APOD


3) What is the Astronomy Picture of the Day?


APOD


Use "Starry Night Pro" to do the lab activity on pages 204-205 in your textbook.


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10/3/2006
Go to
Spaceweather.com
.
1) Sketch the prominence coming off the sun (found on a link).

2) Using the link "comet Swan" use the Orbit Diagram Java Applet to identify Earth's closest approach to Comet Swan. (Write down the date of the closest approach)

3) Print a sky map of the 4th using the Sky Maps links for Comet Swan.

4) What are PHA's, and how many are known?

5) By what distance did asteroid 2006 QM111 miss Earth on August 31?

6) What color is Comet Swan's coma (gas surrounding the nucleus)?

7) What are the numbers of the sunspots visible today?

8) What is the difference between an X-class flare and an M-class flare?

Take a look at these atmospheric phenomena:

Atoptics


9) How would atmospheric conditions which form these affect viewing at night?

Open "Starry Night Pro", update the data, and find comet Swan.

10) How well does the view compare to the map you printed off Spaceweather.com? (Exactly, very close, not very close, not at all close)

11) Change your location and find somewhere on Earth you could get a better view of Comet Swan tomorrow morning. (Think about it!)

Turn in you answers.
Take a look at the web sites below, especially about what can be seen in the night sky...


Astronomy Photo of the day



The Universe Today



Sky and Telescope Magazine



space.com



Earth Science Photo of the day




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9/28/2006

Do the planetarium activity on page 178 of your textbook using Starry Night Pro.

ALSO: Use Starry Night Pro to find out the hours when Orion is visible during nighttime tonight. (From what time to what time is it visible?)

When you are finished, use the links from last week to check the Astronomy Picture of the day, and what's up in the sky to see.

Answer everything and turn it in.



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9/21/06

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? (As related to Astronomy!)

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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9/19/2006

Go to the following web site and view each of the visuals and images. Note the program which was used to create the visual about the moon.


Shadow and Substance



Visit these web sites and check out what's available!

Observing Guide Links



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9/14/2006

Do the planetarium activity on page 129 of your textbook using Starry Night Pro. List the 8 constellations which you identified by switching from Santiago to Tuscon as per your instructions, and answer the question posed in the last sentence of the activity.

Answer the questions below and hand in your paper (or use a separate paper if you've already turned it in).


1) what is an analemma? Take a look at this lunar analemma and read about it below the photgraph.

Lunar Analemma


2) What is lunation?? Take a look at this lunation and read about it below the photgraph.

Lunation...



3) Explain what is happening with the images shown on this web site:


Lunation???...



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

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

The Universe Today


6) 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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9/12/2006

Do the exercise on page 98 of your textbook using Starry Night Pro, answer the two questions at the end of the exercise, then answer the questions below and hand in your paper (or use a separate paper if you've already turned it in).


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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9/6/2006
Resources for you to use....

When you are finished with yesterday's exercise using Starry Night Pro, answer the questions below and hand in your paper (or use a separate paper if you've already turned it in).


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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9/5/2006
Now that you're familiar with Starry Night Pro...and have read chapters 3 and 4....

Do only the Planetarium activity on page 77 of your textbook.

Answer all questions relative to this activity and 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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8/29/2006
Today I'll have you exlore web site and answer questions from the web site having to do with coordinate systems.
Click on the following link for details...

finding your way...



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8/22/2006

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

Answer the questions either on a separate paper or open a word document and type them as you go.

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't 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!!!

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.


MORE!!!!!

Go to the following sites to find out about how many planets are now considered to be in our solar system....


The story....



What the APPROVED resolution says...



FAQ...








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