Astronomy 104, July 2015.
TEST 1 is on Tuesday, July 6, followed by a short lab.
In all classes and for all tests,
students need a new scantron # 16485,
one scantron for each class.
First Quarter: June 24, Full Moon: July 2,
Last Quarter: July 8, New Moon: July 16.
Venus is observable after sunset, is very bright (-4 mg), half phase.
Jupiter is up early night, Saturn rises at 8:00 pm, both are great in a telescope.
1. Philae, a space probe off the Rosetta spacecraft,
has landed on comet Churiumov-Gerasimenko after bouncing up twice.
Great news (June 18): Philae has just come back to life!!
1. The New Horizons space mission is to see Pluto from close for the first time. Read about Pluto's perplexing moon system.
2. The Dawn spacecraft spots two very bright spots on Ceres, probably ice deposits. Looks quite striking.
Click here for the image and explanation.
It seems it landed in a hole, and hybernating for lack of power.
An important result of the mission: Earth's water did not originate in comets.
Unusual events and objects
The presentations used in class.
The class syllabus.
The instructor's home page.
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