ASTR 402 Homework, Fall 2013

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Homework 1A (due Sept 9): Using "the Sky Tonight" portion of Space Update, which planets will be visible in the evening skies this semester? Which in the morning skies? Which day(s) will be the best to observe Mercury? Is that morning or evening? Which planet(s), if any, will be near opposition this semester (visible in the EAST in the evening and in the WEST in the morning? Read the "Astronomy Activities for Elementary Students". Look in Naval Observatory Moon page: when will the next new moon be? (note: subtract 5 hours from UT to get CDT). The day of the next new moon, start watching for the Moon in the west, just after sunset (but before fully dark). (Generally is not visible until 24 hours after new). Start making daily observations of the Moon's altitude, azimuth, and shape, all at the same time of the evening (will be turned in as Homework 2).

Homework 1B (due Sept 9): Download Stellarium from, for your personal computer. Do the Stellarium activity. Use the Stellarium key codes for shorthand.

Homework 2: (Due Nov 11) Plotting the Moon: Sky Tonight activities number 4 and number 5 from Space Update (use your own data from HW1 and also separately do that from Sky Tonight.

Homework 3: (Due Sept 26) Solar system algebra (Solar System Activity 3) "Planet Math" and Activity 5 "Exploring Ellipses" (include at least two ellipses, one fat and one skinny, from the "advanced activity")

Homework 4: (Due Oct 3) Plotting the moons of Jupiter or Saturn: logarithm plots

Homework 5: (Due Nov 18) Solar system - view from the top

Homework 6: Observing Project

Homework 7: Public Education Project (Write up a paragraph on what you participated in, e.g. Sally Ride)

Homework 8: (Due Nov 25) Albedo and Temperature, Greenhouse effect

Homework 9: Solar System Mission Report (counts as 12 points, including presentation)

Last revised: Nov 17, 2013