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11/14/2006

The Stonebelt Stargazers have their monthly meeting on Monday Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Morrow Observatory classroom.


Stonebelt Stargazers Links Page


Do the Planetarium Activiy on page 289 of your textbook and turn it in today.

When you finish, take a look at the links from the Stargazers web site!





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11/9/2006
Make sure you read all the instructions for today before you start on Starry Night Pro.

Use Starry night pro to do the Planetarium Activity on page 262 (at the end of the chapter on Mars) in your textbook. Turn in the assignment today. You will also need to turn in the assignment from Tuesday.

Once you've completed the assignment, turn both in to the substitute and then go to the following web sites and see what's up in the sky.

Make sure you see the images of yesterday's Mercury Transit (there is a gallery of them) on Spaceweather.com.

I'm sorry that you didn't get to go outside for the transit since I wasn't at BNL. Greg Meade, the V.P. of the Stonebelt Stargazers was, however, in the parking lot across from the Observatory from about 3:15 until sometime after 5:00 with his telescope and solar filter. I know that several people were able to view the transit and 3 sunspots thanks to his efforts.


Spaceweather



APOD



Astronomy magazine



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Universe Today.com
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Sky and Telescope magazine



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Go to the following web sites and answer the associated questions.


NASA Science News


1) At what time will the 2006 Mercury Transit of the sun begin? (EST)

2) How long will the transit last?

3) Will the Mercury transit be visible here?

4) What are the "Lobate scarps", and how are they thught to have formed?

5) When was the last transit of Mercury?

6) When is the next Mercury transit?


Sky and Telescope magazine


7) How wide is Mercury compared to the sun?

8) What is "First Contact"?

9) What is "Second Contact"?

10) How long after first contact will second contact occur?

11) Will we be able to watch the transit end?

12) What is the next NASA mission to Mercury?


Spaceweather.com


13) What are "PHA's"?

14 How many known PHA's have been found?

15) What is the speed of the solar wind now (as shown on the web site)?

Check ou the Aurora galleries on the following web site:


Aurora gallery


16) When did the Sunspot/solar cycle last reach its peak?

Enjoy the photo's after you hand in your assignment.


Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
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Sky and Telescope magazine




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11/02/2006

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?



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7) What is an "Orrery"?

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


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

What is its Absolute Magnitude? 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






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10/31/2006
Go to the following web site and read the latest news about servicing the Hubble Space Telescope!


HubbleSite


IF you have trouble getting on the Hubble web site, keep trying. It takes a long time to load. You may also try the alternate URL:
HubbleSite


1) What is the latest news about the Hubble Space Telescope?

2) Why is this noteworthy?

3) Click on "tonight's Sky" and watch the movie (hopefully the computers will have Flash installed)

4) Go here (link below) and read about the use of color - are the photo's "true color"?


Behind the pictures


5) What filters are used by Hubble?

6) Use the Hubble Toolbox to find out about the use of color in the Cat's Eye Nebula. Was there a reason for the colors chosen?

7) Find the panoramic view of the Orion Nebula, read about it and enlarge it. How many stars are visible in the image?

Go to the web site below to answer the questions afterward.

Comets and Meteors


8) When is the next major meteor shower visible?

9) Using the web site below, explain the differences between Comets and Meteorites.

Differences...



Use the web site linked below to answer the next 2 questions.

10) What is a cross-quarter date?

11) What is the origin of cross-quarter dates?

Cross-quarter dates....


Back to Hubble. Search for images of the following on the Hubble web site.

12) Spider Galaxy
13) Skull Nebula
14) Witch Head Nebula
15) Little Ghost Nebula


Hubble Search



Check out the following web sites....particularly Sky and Telescope...


Astronomy magazine



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
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Sky and Telescope magazine



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10/26/2006
For those of you that did NOT turn it Tuesday's assignment, if you do not turn it in by the end of the period you will take a zero for the assignment. It is still listed below todays assignment.
Several of you are now failing due to not handing in asignments.

I will no longer accept assignments handed in late, unless it was due to absence or other extenuating circumstance.

Do your work!!!

IF you have already turned in Tuesday's assignment, then use this time to explore the web sites below. In particular, go to Spaceweather.com and print out a map to find comet Swan. It has brightened in the last few days and is now visible naked eye - you don't need a set of binoculars, you just need to know where to look. And skies that aren't cloudy.


Your Sky



Skyview Cafe



Comets and Meteors



Astronomical Lexicon



Constellation Info



NASA News



Solar System Info



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
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Sky and Telescope magazine



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10/24/2006
Use Starry night pro to do the Planetarium Activity on page 230 in your textbook. Turn in the assignment today.

For those of you who missed the Orionid meteor shower, take a look at this:

Orionids

How many can you count?

After completing the exercise above, check out the following:

Spaceweather

By the way too, you can get to the Orionid image through links from Spaceweather.com. There are lots of nice photo's there.


APOD



Universe Today.com
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Sky and Telescope magazine






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10/17/2006

Check out these free resources. Try them out, see what the site can do.
You do NOT have to turn in an assignment today, just stay on task and see what theses resources are about.


Your Sky



Skyview Cafe



Comets and Meteors



Astronomical Lexicon



Constellation Info



NASA News



Solar System Info



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
.


Sky and Telescope magazine





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10/12/2006

This will take longer if you don't follow the directions carefully, so pay attention!

DO NOT GO TO ANY WEB SITE OTHER THAN THOSE TO WHICH I HAVE SPECIFICALLY LINKED!

The first 3 links after this exercise are new - and should be of great interest to those of you who are serious about the night sky!

For the first part of this exercise, go to the Heavens Above web site (linked below).

Heavens Above


You do NOT have to log in. Under "Anonymous users" click on "Select your location from our huge database". On the next page click on "United States of America", then on the "select Town" page enter "Bedford". When the choices come up, click on either "Bedford Indiana" - OR on the same line to the right of the highlighted Bedford click on "neighbors". Choose either "Bedford" or "Neighbors", whichever is closest to where you live.

Once the location is set, use the web site to find the next time (Date, time) the ISS will be at least 30 degrees altitude from where you are - that will be the answer to #1.

2) What is the length of time of the pass you listed in # 1 (end time - start time)

3) Given that best observing times will have higher altitude and lower magnitude, what date/time/azimuth will likely have the best observing?

Near the top right side of the web page, click on "orbit".
4) Where is the ISS right now?

Click "back" and return to the "Visible passes" page.

Click on the date that has the highest maximum altitude.

Click on "Ground Track".
5) In what direction will the ISS be from your location?

Click back, and return to the "Visible Pass Details" page.

Place the cursor over the whole sky chart, right button click, then "Print picture". Attach it to your answers when you finish this exercise.

Click on the link to "home" to go to the starting page for the Heavens Above web site.

Click on the link for "Spacecraft escaping the Solar System".

6) What is the most distant spacecraft from Earth?

7) When was it launched?

8) Is the spacecraft listed in #6 still functioning?

9) How long does light take to get to it from Earth?

10) Relative to the sun, what is its speed?

11) What is the fastest spacecraft listed?

12) What is its speed (Km/s)?

13) Looking at the diagram, which spacecraft is travelling closest to the plane of the ecliptic?

14) Using the links below, find information about the Orionid meteor shower and list best observing dates and times, what to expect as far as meteor brightness, and numbers per hour.

Click the following link and enter information from #12 for speed.

Astonomical Distances


15) How long would it take to get to the closest star to the sun travelling at the speed of the fastest spacecraft currently in operation?

16) At what speed (Km/s) would you need to travel in order to get to the closest star in 25 years?

17) What percent of the speed of light is your answer for #16?

When you are finished with this exercise, use ONLY the links below to explore astronomy. Ask permission if you would like to look at anything else.



Your Sky is an interactive web site for the night sky. There's a LOT here - including a "Virtual telescope".

Your Sky


Skyview Cafe is another interactive FREE application online - or you can download it for faster times and not tie up bandwidth when you are at home. This one is REALLY good, if you want to find information. I'd suggest trying the older version first, and playing with the controls.

Skyview Cafe



Here is a FREE interactive viewer - Stellarium.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT to the COMPUTER IN THE LAB! Download it and use it at home, if you wish. I haven't looked at anything other than screenshots, so I can't recommend anything about this other than to try it out and see what it does.

Stellarium






Comets and Meteors



Astronomical Lexicon



Constellation Info



NASA News



Solar System Info



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
.


Sky and Telescope magazine


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10/10/2006

Go to each web site and detail information that can be found, and why it might prove to be a useful resource.


Comets and Meteors



Info




Constellation Info



NASA News



Solar System Info



Moon map



Mars Exploration Rovers



MOC gallery



Spaceweather



APOD



Universe Today.com
.


Sky and Telescope magazine





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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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