ASTR 16: Observational Astronomy
Recommended to be taken concurrently with, or after ASTR 1, 14, 17, 18, or 20.
Through direct investigation, students will learn the motion and appearance of the night sky, investigate astronomical objects
such as stars, planets, and nebulae, and become familiar with modern observational tools and techniques.
However, the afternoon laboratory session will emphasize some basic physics experiments, interpretation of astronomical data, and the use of the world wide web
for astronomy and astrophysics.
Course meetings are divided into two parts. The first hour of the course in each week will consist of reviewing the theory and demonstrating laboratory
procedures. Before you show up for the lab, I will expect that you have reviewed or read the topic from any introductory astronomy textbook. Afterward, you will have the remaining two hours to perform the
laboratory. You must work in groups of less than four students. At the end of each laboratory, you are required to turn in your laboratory write-up.
A Planisphere/Star Finder
The Edmund Sky Guide, Edmund Scientific,
Windows Platform: HNSky
UNIX, Linux, or Mac OSX Platform: XEphem
Project CLEA (Student Manual)
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