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by Joseph Holzinger and Michael Seeds

Edition: 2ND 95Copyright: 1995

Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 1995

International: No

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Created for introductory undergraduate courses in Astronomy.

This introductory astronomy lab manual contains 42 exercises with an emphasis on hand-on activities.

**Features :**

- Exercises cover a range of topics and levels of difficulty, enabling teachers to customize their lessons accordingly.
- Includes a special emphasis on hands-on observational activities, with instructions for putting together instruments such as a pop-up celestial globe, starfinder, spectrum box, shadow stick board, and sundial.
- Other exercises allow students to apply observational data provided within the lab text, as students make measurements from photographs and use the data to study some of the important principles and conclusions of modern astronomy.
- Access to a telescope is beneficial, but elaborate equipment is not required for these exercises.
- Requires minimal mathematics.

UNIT I. INSTRUMENTS.

Exercise 1. Pop-Up Celestial Globe.

Exercise 2. Using a Celestial Globe.

Exercise 3. Design of a Horizontal Sundial.

Exercise 4. Introduction to Telescopes.

Exercise 5. Using a Telescope with an Equitorial Mount.

Exercise 6. Star Charts for Use at the Telescope.

Exercise 7. The Grating Spectroscope.

Exercise 8. Diffraction of Light.

Exercise 9. Atomic Spectra.

UNIT II. COORDINATES AND TIME.

Exercise 10. Local Mean Time and Zone Time.

Exercise 11. Calculation of Sidereal Time.

Exercise 12. Conversion of Sidereal Time to Mean Solar Time.

Exercise 13. Constructing a Starfinder.

Exercise 14. Using the Starfinder - Part I.

Exercise 15. Using the Starfinder - Part II.

Exercise 16. Locating Celestial Objects with a Coordinate Grid.

Exercise 17. Shadow Stick Astronomy.

UNIT III. THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

Exercise 18. Geometry of Shadows.

Exercise 19. Properties of the Ellipse.

Exercise 20. Kepler's Laws and Comets.

Exercise 21. The Orbit of Mercury.

Exercise 22. Retrograde Motion of Mars.

Exercise 23. Telescopic Observation of Jupiter.

Exercise 24. Telescopic Observation of Saturn.

Exercise 25. Telescopic Observation of the Moon.

Exercise 26. Lunar Topography.

Exercise 27. Comet Magnitudes.

UNIT IV. STARS.

Exercise 28. Apparent Magnitudes.

Exercise 29. Parallax and Absolute Magnitude.

Exercise 30. Black Body Radiation.

Exercise 31. Flow of Energy Out of the Sun.

Exercise 32. Opacity (A Game of Photons).

Exercise 33. Spectral Classification of Stars.

Exercise 34. H-R Diagram.

Exercise 35. H-R Diagram for NGC 6819.

Exercise 36. Supernova 1987a.

Exercise 37. Distance to a Planetary Nebula.

Exercise 38. Observing Delta Cephei.

Exercise 39. Stars in Orion.

Exercise 40. Motion of Stars.

UNIT V. GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY.

Exercise 41. Spiral Arms Near the Sun.

Exercise 42. Expansion of the Universe.

Appendix A. Celestial Sphere and Coordinate Systems.

Appendix B. Observer's Handbook.

Appendix C. Common Logarithms.

Appendix D. Transparent Coordinate Grids, Wedges and a Millimeter Scale.

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Summary

Created for introductory undergraduate courses in Astronomy.

This introductory astronomy lab manual contains 42 exercises with an emphasis on hand-on activities.

**Features :**

- Exercises cover a range of topics and levels of difficulty, enabling teachers to customize their lessons accordingly.
- Includes a special emphasis on hands-on observational activities, with instructions for putting together instruments such as a pop-up celestial globe, starfinder, spectrum box, shadow stick board, and sundial.
- Other exercises allow students to apply observational data provided within the lab text, as students make measurements from photographs and use the data to study some of the important principles and conclusions of modern astronomy.
- Access to a telescope is beneficial, but elaborate equipment is not required for these exercises.
- Requires minimal mathematics.

Table of Contents

UNIT I. INSTRUMENTS.

Exercise 1. Pop-Up Celestial Globe.

Exercise 2. Using a Celestial Globe.

Exercise 3. Design of a Horizontal Sundial.

Exercise 4. Introduction to Telescopes.

Exercise 5. Using a Telescope with an Equitorial Mount.

Exercise 6. Star Charts for Use at the Telescope.

Exercise 7. The Grating Spectroscope.

Exercise 8. Diffraction of Light.

Exercise 9. Atomic Spectra.

UNIT II. COORDINATES AND TIME.

Exercise 10. Local Mean Time and Zone Time.

Exercise 11. Calculation of Sidereal Time.

Exercise 12. Conversion of Sidereal Time to Mean Solar Time.

Exercise 13. Constructing a Starfinder.

Exercise 14. Using the Starfinder - Part I.

Exercise 15. Using the Starfinder - Part II.

Exercise 16. Locating Celestial Objects with a Coordinate Grid.

Exercise 17. Shadow Stick Astronomy.

UNIT III. THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

Exercise 18. Geometry of Shadows.

Exercise 19. Properties of the Ellipse.

Exercise 20. Kepler's Laws and Comets.

Exercise 21. The Orbit of Mercury.

Exercise 22. Retrograde Motion of Mars.

Exercise 23. Telescopic Observation of Jupiter.

Exercise 24. Telescopic Observation of Saturn.

Exercise 25. Telescopic Observation of the Moon.

Exercise 26. Lunar Topography.

Exercise 27. Comet Magnitudes.

UNIT IV. STARS.

Exercise 28. Apparent Magnitudes.

Exercise 29. Parallax and Absolute Magnitude.

Exercise 30. Black Body Radiation.

Exercise 31. Flow of Energy Out of the Sun.

Exercise 32. Opacity (A Game of Photons).

Exercise 33. Spectral Classification of Stars.

Exercise 34. H-R Diagram.

Exercise 35. H-R Diagram for NGC 6819.

Exercise 36. Supernova 1987a.

Exercise 37. Distance to a Planetary Nebula.

Exercise 38. Observing Delta Cephei.

Exercise 39. Stars in Orion.

Exercise 40. Motion of Stars.

UNIT V. GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY.

Exercise 41. Spiral Arms Near the Sun.

Exercise 42. Expansion of the Universe.

Appendix A. Celestial Sphere and Coordinate Systems.

Appendix B. Observer's Handbook.

Appendix C. Common Logarithms.

Appendix D. Transparent Coordinate Grids, Wedges and a Millimeter Scale.

Publisher Info

Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 1995

International: No

Published: 1995

International: No

Created for introductory undergraduate courses in Astronomy.

This introductory astronomy lab manual contains 42 exercises with an emphasis on hand-on activities.

**Features :**

- Exercises cover a range of topics and levels of difficulty, enabling teachers to customize their lessons accordingly.
- Includes a special emphasis on hands-on observational activities, with instructions for putting together instruments such as a pop-up celestial globe, starfinder, spectrum box, shadow stick board, and sundial.
- Other exercises allow students to apply observational data provided within the lab text, as students make measurements from photographs and use the data to study some of the important principles and conclusions of modern astronomy.
- Access to a telescope is beneficial, but elaborate equipment is not required for these exercises.
- Requires minimal mathematics.

UNIT I. INSTRUMENTS.

Exercise 1. Pop-Up Celestial Globe.

Exercise 2. Using a Celestial Globe.

Exercise 3. Design of a Horizontal Sundial.

Exercise 4. Introduction to Telescopes.

Exercise 5. Using a Telescope with an Equitorial Mount.

Exercise 6. Star Charts for Use at the Telescope.

Exercise 7. The Grating Spectroscope.

Exercise 8. Diffraction of Light.

Exercise 9. Atomic Spectra.

UNIT II. COORDINATES AND TIME.

Exercise 10. Local Mean Time and Zone Time.

Exercise 11. Calculation of Sidereal Time.

Exercise 12. Conversion of Sidereal Time to Mean Solar Time.

Exercise 13. Constructing a Starfinder.

Exercise 14. Using the Starfinder - Part I.

Exercise 15. Using the Starfinder - Part II.

Exercise 16. Locating Celestial Objects with a Coordinate Grid.

Exercise 17. Shadow Stick Astronomy.

UNIT III. THE SOLAR SYSTEM.

Exercise 18. Geometry of Shadows.

Exercise 19. Properties of the Ellipse.

Exercise 20. Kepler's Laws and Comets.

Exercise 21. The Orbit of Mercury.

Exercise 22. Retrograde Motion of Mars.

Exercise 23. Telescopic Observation of Jupiter.

Exercise 24. Telescopic Observation of Saturn.

Exercise 25. Telescopic Observation of the Moon.

Exercise 26. Lunar Topography.

Exercise 27. Comet Magnitudes.

UNIT IV. STARS.

Exercise 28. Apparent Magnitudes.

Exercise 29. Parallax and Absolute Magnitude.

Exercise 30. Black Body Radiation.

Exercise 31. Flow of Energy Out of the Sun.

Exercise 32. Opacity (A Game of Photons).

Exercise 33. Spectral Classification of Stars.

Exercise 34. H-R Diagram.

Exercise 35. H-R Diagram for NGC 6819.

Exercise 36. Supernova 1987a.

Exercise 37. Distance to a Planetary Nebula.

Exercise 38. Observing Delta Cephei.

Exercise 39. Stars in Orion.

Exercise 40. Motion of Stars.

UNIT V. GALAXIES AND COSMOLOGY.

Exercise 41. Spiral Arms Near the Sun.

Exercise 42. Expansion of the Universe.

Appendix A. Celestial Sphere and Coordinate Systems.

Appendix B. Observer's Handbook.

Appendix C. Common Logarithms.

Appendix D. Transparent Coordinate Grids, Wedges and a Millimeter Scale.