Astronomy 103

Fall 2014

Sections 1-2-3-4.

These are introductory courses to astronomy, with more emphasis on active thinking than memorizing facts. The main points of this course are (1) a general understanding of astronomy, (2) what can be observed in the sky, (3) the stars and the Universe.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Midterm and pass/fail test grades have been posted. Click on grades below!

In all classes and for all tests,

students need a new scantron # 16485,

one scantron for each class.


What's up in the sky?

 
The Sun.
There are quite a few sunspots now!

New Moon: Sept. 24, First Quarter: Oct. 1,

Full Moon: Oct. 8, Last Quarter: Oct. 15.

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Mars is up early night, but looks very small in the telescope.

Saturn is observable for a very short time after sunset.

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News

1. Philae, a space probe on board of the Rosetta spacecraft, will land on a comet on Nov. 11 - a first landing on a comet's nucleus.

2. Meteor impact carve new craters on Mars.

3. Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking and fading?

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Unusual events and objects

(Students might want to ask help in how to use the coordinates, ephemerids and finder charts.)

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