Astronomy

Chat times for 2017-2018
Weds 4:30pm-6pm
ET/1:30pm-3pm PT


Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

Lab Exercises for the Scholars Online Astronomy Course

Use the Links in the Labs column to find your laboratory assignment. Laboratory work is usually due two weeks after class discussion of the lab requirements, unless otherwise stated in the assignment. Special arrangements may be made to complete some lab work over the summer.

ChatTopicsLabs
9/6/17Introduction to Course: Methods and online ResourcesLab Reports
9/13/17Astronomy and the UniverseObserving Techniques
9/20/17Knowing the HeavensObserving Constellations
9/27/17Finding your way around the yearObserving Using Coordinate Systems
10/4/17Eclipses and the Motion of the MoonObserving the Moon
10/11/17GravitationPlanetary Orbits
10/18/17Derivation of KeplerŐs LawsDetermining the Mass of Jupiter
10/25/17The Wave Nature of LightSpectroscopy
11/1/17The Particle Nature of LightRefraction and Reflection
11/8/17Optics and the TelescopeTelescopes
11/15/17Comparative Planetology 1Observing Mercury and Venus
11/22/17Thanksgiving
11/29/17Comparative Planetology 2Observing Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn
12/6/17The Living Earth: Geology [Terrestrial Plate Tectonics and Atmosphere]Earth's Rocks
12/13/17Our Barren Moon [Surface Features w/o plate tectonics or erosion]Crater Formation
12/20/17Mercury, Venus, and Mars [Planetary core structures and planetary development]The Greenhouse Effect
12/27/17
1/3/18CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
1/10/18Jupiter and Saturn [Atmospheres II]Differential Rotation
1/17/18Jupiter and Saturn's Satellites: Moons, Rings and Tidal ForcesIce Under Pressure
1/24/18Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt; Roche LimitObservation of Jupiter's Moons
1/31/18Vagabonds of the Solar SystemComet Observations
2/7/18REVIEW and EXAMNO LAB
2/14/18Our Star, the SunSunspots
2/21/18The Nature of the StarsStellar Motions and Distances
2/28/18The Birth of StarsStellar Spectra
3/7/18Stellar Evolution: On and After the Main SequenceStellar Evolution
3/14/18What we can learn from starlight
3/21/18Stellar Evolution: Death of StarsVariable stars - Period Luminosity Relationships
3/28/18HOLY WEEK Observance
4/4/18Black HolesBinary Stars
4/11/18Our GalaxyObserving HII Regions
4/18/18GalaxiesClassifying Normal Galaxies
4/25/18Quasars and Active GalaxiesClassifying Active Galaxies
5/2/18CosmologyHubble's Law
5/9/18The Early UniverseThe Curvature of Space
5/16/18The Search for Extra Terrestrial LifeThe Search For ExoPlanets
5/23/18REVIEW
5/30/18Exam
6/6/18Plan Summer Lab CompletionPlan Summer Lab Completion