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.


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.


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

Saturn is observable for a very short time after sunset.



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?


Unusual events and objects

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

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