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Astronomy 153
Astronomy 153 is the first semester Laboratory Course corresponding to Astronomy 151. Students fulfilling the laboratory science requirement with the Astronomy Labs must take both Astronomy 151 and 153. The Lab Exercises for Astronomy 153 can be downloaded in PDF format in the "Astronomy Lab Exercises" link to the left.

Spring 2019 Astronomy 153 Schedule of Laboratories

There are three labs that should be done throughout the semester: T-Labs 1 & 2 and the Lunar Observation Lab (LOL).

The schedule of labs below is tentative and subject to change.

Week Of Lab Title Lab Exercise LOL
1/9/2019 No Labs NONE
1/14/2019 Tools of the Night Sky Lab 1
1/21/2019 MLK Day - No Lab
1/28/2019 Units, Conversions, and Scaling Lab 2
2/4/2019 Measurement Lab 3
2/11/2019 Light Spectrum Lab 4 Begin LOL
2/18/2019 Intensity vs. Distance Lab 5 1st Check
2/25/2019 Midterm Exam NONE 2nd Check
3/4/2019 Weighing Jupiter Lab 6 3rd Check
3/11/2019 Orbit of Mercury Lab 7 4th Check
3/18/2019 Spring Break - No Lab Make 2 Obs.
3/25/2019 Tateroid Lab 8 LOL Due
4/1/2019 Make-Up Labs Misc
4/8/2019 Image ProcessingLab 9
4/15/2019Final Exam
4/22/2019 No Lab


Astronomy 153 Grading Rubric
Final Grade % Category
40% Lab Worksheets
10% Telescope Lab 1 (On The Roof!)
10% Telescope Lab 2 (On The Roof!)
10% Lunar Observation Lab
15% Lab Midterm
15% Lab Final Exam


Astronomy 153 Final Grading Scale
Grade Score (%)
A > 90.0
B+ 86.0 - 89.9
B 80.0 - 85.9
C+ 76.0 - 79.9
C 70.0 - 75.9
D+ 66.0 - 69.9
D 60.0 - 65.9
F < 60.0

NOTE: The T-Labs are not the same as the lecture extra credit offered by Paul Lewis.
The instructions and sign-up sheets for extra credit are located in front of room 108. Read the extra credit instructions carefully, late-comers to the extra credit will be sent off the roof.




Updated: 8/22/2018 JTC