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Friday, November 22, 2013

Stanford Comparison and Sun Worksheet Questions

1. Stanford Survey

Please read these questions and complete this survey.

The link describes several properties of the sun then asks you to compare sun properties, such as mass, to objects that you are familiar with.  Go through the each section. As you answer the questions check to see if you are correct in ‘Am I Right?’

Answer the question on the worksheet already handed out.

3.  Zoom Astronomy File

Read over this site.  When you get to the end of the page, you will notice three activities. The questions for the following activities are included in your worksheet.

A quiz about the sun
A puzzle about the sun
Label the Planet-Sun Orbital Diagram

Please answer these questions in your worksheet and when done hand in your worksheet.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Altitude and Azimuth


Build Astrolabe

Find altitude and azimuth of the top of the flagpole

Find altitude and azimuth of the sun

Moon Research Questions - Paper

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Moon Musings Survey

Complete and submit the following exercise.

Submit by 11/19 for Credit

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bing Bang Essay

Write an essay addressing the following topic.  Be sure to include in your response supporting evidence for your conclusions.  It is expected an appropriate  response will be  2 or 3 typewritten pages long.

What does the history of mankind's understanding of the universe tell you about how scientific thought evolves, and what ramifications does this hold for the future?

This essay is due by midnight on Sunday  November 17.

Introduction to the Moon

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Introduction to Astronomy

Perseid over Albrechtsberg Castle
Image Credit & Copyright: Sebastian Voltmer
Explanation: Medieval Albrechtsberg castle is nestled in trees near the northern bank of the river Pielach and the town of Melk, Austria. In clearing night skies on August 12, 2012 it stood under constellations of the northern summer, including Aquarius, Aquila, and faint, compact Delphinus (above and right of center) in this west-looking skyview. The scene also captures a bright meteor above the castle walls. Part of the annual perseid meteor shower, its trail points back toward the heroic constellation Perseus high above the horizon in the early morning hours. Entering the atmosphere at about 60 kilometers per second, perseid meteors are swept up dust grains from the tail of comet Swift-Tuttle.

Introductory Presentation
Course Syllabus

Course Units:
  1. The History of the Universe
  2. The Moon
  3. The Sun
  4. The Solar System
  5. Stars
  6. Beyond our Solar System
Video on an overview on the evolution of man's understanding of the universe: "Beyond the Big Bang"

Beyond the Big Bang Survey Questions.