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12/6/2007
Use Starry Night Pro to complete the planetarium activities on page 393.

Finish the labs from yesterday if needed.

Check out the current state of the sky on the links below:


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




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12/5/2007
Use Starry Night Pro to complete the planetarium activities on pages 338-339 and 369.

Then go to the following websites and answer the following questions:

1) What is the name, date, and meteors per hour of the next meteor shower?

2) Where can Comet P17/Holmes be found now (In what constellation)?


International Meteor Organization



Sky and Telescope Magazine/meteors



StarDate Online




Spaceweather.com



Cometography...



Heavens Above



Yes, I know - Wiki...






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11/29/2007

Remember that you have a test tomorrow (Friday) over the Moon and all the planets except Earth.

Make sure you know the major features and characteristics of each planet (And the moon).

Consider the following questions to be your study guide for the test.

1) On what planet can you find Valles Marineris?

2) On what planet can you find the largest volcanoes?

3) Which planet has the strongest gravity?

4) What planet has the weakest gravity?

5) Which planets have rings?

6) Which planet has the most moons?

7) Which planet is smallest?

8) Which planet rotates the fastest?

9) Which planet was the first to be discovered by telescope?

10) During what phase of the Moon can a lunar eclipse occur?

11) Why isn't there an eclipse every month?

12) Why does the Moon keep the same face turned toward the Earth?

13) What are maria?

14)Lunar soil was produced by what?

15) How can craters be used to determine the ages of surface regions of planets?

16) What is the name of the theory which describes the most likely way the moon was formed?

17) Why is Mercury difficult to observe?

18) Describe Mercury's rotation.

19) How were the scarps on Mercury thought to be formed?

20) Which object most closely resembles Mercury?

21) What planet is most like Venus in size and mass?

22) Describe the rotation of Venus.

23) Why is Venus so hot?

24) Clouds on Venus are made of what?

25) The atmosphere on Venus is primarily what gas?

26) How many moons does Mars have?

27) Why is the Martian atmosphere sometimes pink?

28) What likely formed Valles Marineris?

29) Where is water likely to be found on Mars?

30) What evidence indicates water once existed on the surface of mars?

31) Why are the volcanoes on mars so large?

32) What evidence of water on Mars was provided by the rover called Opportunity?

33) What 2 elements makes up most of Jupiter's mass?

34) How do we know that the Great Red Spot of Jupiter is NOT like a hurricane?

35) What planet has the lowest density?

36) What part of Saturn's rings move fastest?

37) What is the Roche limit?

38) Which planet sometimes has its pole pointed at the sun?

39) Which planet has a magnetic field tipped at a large anle to its axis of rotation?

40) Which planet was discovered because of its gravitational effects on other planets?

41) What is unusual about the orbit of Pluto?


If you did not finish the labs from last time, finish those and turn them in, then proceed to today's material.

Today's exercise for you to complete AND turn in TODAY:

The Apparent Motion of Mars

Just follow the directions on the website and turn in your assignment.

Once you have finished, go ONLY to these websites and see what's currently happening in the night sky.


NASA JPL Mars Exploration Missions



Solar System Exploration



Mars Exploration Rovers




Universe in the Classroom



Windows to the Universe



Stanford University Daily Martian Weather Forecast



National Geographic.com



Mars Pathfinder Mission historical weather data



Nine Planets.org



Views of the Solar System






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11/20/2007
If you did not finish the labs from last time, finish those and turn them in, then proceed to today's material.

Use the sites below to answer the questions which follow the links.


NASA JPL Mars Exploration Missions



Solar System Exploration



Mars Exploration Rovers




Universe in the Classroom



Windows to the Universe



Stanford University Daily Martian Weather Forecast



National Geographic.com



Mars Pathfinder Mission historical weather data



Nine Planets.org



Views of the Solar System





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11/19/2007
If you did not finish the labs from last time, finish those and turn them in, then proceed to today's material.

Use the sites below to answer the questions which follow the links.


NASA JPL Mars Exploration Missions



Solar System Exploration



Mars Exploration Rovers




Universe in the Classroom



Windows to the Universe



Stanford University Daily Martian Weather Forecast



National Geographic.com



Mars Pathfinder Mission historical weather data



Nine Planets.org



Views of the Solar System



1) Compare Mar's atmosphere with Earth's atmosphere.

2) Compare Mar's geology with Earth's geology.

3) How is Mars similar to Earth?

4) How is Mars Different from Earth?

5) Describe what happens to temperature on Mars starting from the surface and going to about 3 feet above the surface.



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11/15/2007
Use Starry Night Pro to do the planetarium activities on pages 230 AND 263 in your textbook.
Turn these in by the end of the period, then check out current information on Mars at the following websites.


NASA JPL Mars Exploration Missions



Solar System Exploration



Mars Exploration Rovers






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11/8/2007
If you didn't finish with the assignment last time, do that first, then begin today's assignment.


About.com



Universe in the Classroom



Windows to the Universe



APOD



Bad Astronomy.com



Views of the Solar System



Messenger


1) How long is a day on Mercury?

2) What is the temperature range on Mercury?

3) Why is Mercury so hard to see from Earth?

4) How long does it take for Mercury to rotate?

5) Why doesn't Mercury have a substantial atmosphere?

6) Describe Mercury's surface.

7) Compare Earth's atmospheric pressure with that of Mercury.

8) What is the probable cause of the Caloris Basin?

9) How large would the Sun appear from mercury?

10) What is the only spacecraft to visit Mercury?

11) What is Mercury's minimum distance from Earth?

12) What is the composition of Mercury's atmosphere?

13) What is Mercury's core size thought to be like?

14) Could water exists on mercury?

15) Describe Mercury's magnetosphere.



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11/7/2007
If you didn't finish with the assignment last time, do that first, then begin today's assignment.


Spaceweather.com


1) The comet P17/Holmes has been described as looking like what?

2) Read through the material on the Bad Astronomy website. Click on any 5 topics of the "evidence" which you feel is interesting, and explain what happened along with the explanation as to why the "evidence" can be de-bunked. (meaning, you must write this out for me and turn it in! DO NOT just copy and paste the material. I'll take points off for doing that.)

Bad Astronomy.com Moon Hoax page


Write down the information that may be found on each of the following websites.
3)
US Naval Observatory...


4)
A Blue Moon?


5)
NSSDC...


6)
Space.com


7)
Lunar Planetary Institute.com


8)
Lunar Phase


9)
Eclipses!



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11/5/2007
OK, finish last week's assignment then go to the following web sites and check out the resources available:


NSSDC...



Lunar Planetary Institute...



Space.com...



US Naval Observatory...


I don't know if this link works at school... but explore the moon if it does!

Google Moon...



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11/1/2007
Astronomy Exercise

Read through the material found on the following lunar lesson website:

Lunar lesson...


1) Explain why the same side of the Moon always faces Earth.
2) Explain how we can predict tides.
3) What is the barycenter?
Click on the link at the page bottom called "the phases of the moon".
4) Explain why we don't see the moon in the same part of the sky at the same time of day (or night) every day.

Click on the link called "Moon's surface" at the page bottom.
5) Define each of the following terms: terminator; maria; walled plains.

6) What is the
Astronomy Photo of the day
for today?

7) 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!)

When you finish with this activity...
Go to the following web sites and find out what's going on in the night sky! (Where is comet p/17Holmes now?)


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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10/25/2007
Do the lab activity on page 178 of your textbook.

After you complete the exercise, then go to the following links for up to date information about the night sky!


Stonebelt Stargazers



Spaceweather.com



Astronomy Picture of the Day



The Universe Today


Astronomical League



Space.com



Sky and Telescope Magazine



Astronomy Magazine



World of Astronomy



Halloween in Space....







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10/11/2007

Reminder: Test over chapters 3-5 tomorrow.

1) Do the Lab Activity on page 129 of your textbook. (Using Starry Night Pro)

2) Go to this web site and read about the Great World Wide Star Count (For the Northern Hemisphere). Don't miss the page after the Southern Hemisphere directions. We will be doing this activity.

The Great World Wide Star Count


3) The Stonebelt Stargazers have their monthly meeting Monday October 15th at Morrow Observatory beginning at 6:30.

Stonebelt Stargazers


4) Go to the follwing site and read about Auroral activity:

Spaceweather.com


5) What is today's Astronomy Picture of the Day?

Astronomy Picture of the Day


6) Read the following sites and observe the animations about Kepler's Laws. They will help your understanding for the test tomorrow.


Kepler...




Kepler again....




Planetary Motion




And again....




Fun stuff....




Kepler's Laws Calculator...




Animations....


7) Check what's happenng in the night sky using these sites:

The Universe Today


Astronomical League



Space.com



Sky and Telescope Magazine



Astronomy Magazine



World of Astronomy



Halloween in Space....




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10/04/07

Before you do anything else, visit the following website and vote for the General Motors Earth Force program (It's up for a possible award, and Powertrain is part of it. Let's help them get a national award!)

Awards


Next, do the Lab activity on page 98 of your textbook.

When you finish, hand in your papers to the Substitute and then visit the web sites below.


Go to this web site and read about the Great World Wide Star Count (For the Northern Hemisphere). Don't miss the page after the Southern Hemisphere directions. We will be doing this activity.

The Great World Wide Star Count




Stonebelt Stargazers



Spaceweather.com



Astronomy Picture of the Day



The Universe Today


Astronomical League



Space.com



Sky and Telescope Magazine



Astronomy Magazine



World of Astronomy



Halloween in Space....



I hope you enjoy your day!
LSB



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9/27/2007

NOW Do the planetarium activity on page 77 of your textbook, since we skipped this during ISTEP.
If you have not yet visited the links below today's activity, please do so AFTER you have completed the activity today.

Check out the The Great World Wide Star Count from the following link:

Astronomy League


This is something I'd like the class to do, so read it, follow it's link, and be prepared!

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9/18/2007
Istep days....

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....

Kepler...




Kepler again....




Planetary Motion




And again....




Fun stuff....




Kepler's Laws Calculator...




Animations....



The Science Channel.......



Brilliant Minds Quiz..



How Stuff Works...





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9/13/2007

Thursday's (9/13) questions and procedures.
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1) In your textbook on page 34, work through the Planetarium activity step by step. This may take some time looking for controls.

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

3) Complete the planetarium activity on page 55.

4) Answer all the questions for the planetarium activity.

5) Here's a resource for you. It's also linked at the page bottom. Look back through the archives, it's worthwhile. Print a picture of your favorite image from this site and attach it to your answers.

Astronomy Picture of the Day


6) Today in 1922, the highest air temperature ever recorded at the surface of the Earth occurred. Where?

What's Up This Week





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9/6/2007

Today you'll be using an internet website as a tutorial for both terminology and sky coordinate systems, and you will be answering questions to be turned in at the end of class. You will be pressed for time, so in order to finish you MUST concentrate on what you are doing.

The questions are listed below; open the following link into either a new tab or a new page so you can toggle back and forth between the pages. You can type your answers, but you will also be sketching, so plan accordingly.


Getting Your Bearings


Should you get a chance to look (make sure your assignment is compete first, or you'll not have time to finish it), here is the link to
Spaceweather.com
It has the Aurigid meteor shower galleries.



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Today you will do several things, including both internet activities AND Starry Night Pro. You WILL need your textbook.

1) Go to
Spaceweather.com
and read the information about this weekend's Aurigid meteor shower by clicking on the link.

2) While on the web site, read about the Lunar eclipse - especially look at the images from Antarctica.
Make sure you look at the lunar eclipse gallery by using the link.

3) What are PHA's?

4) How many PHA's were known as of August 30, 2007?

5) Notice the "Cool Links" at the right side of the web page. Several nice photo galleries are linked, especially Comet McNaught and the "Aurora Mega-gallery". Click on those two links and check out what you can find there.

6) On page 14 of your textbook, there is a planetarium activity. Use Starry Night Pro and follow instructions to perform the activity.

LSB

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8/28/2007
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




Click on the link, follow the instructions, and turn it in today. Resources for your use....

Assignment #1


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

Principles of Astronomy Page

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