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Astronomy Laboratory Exercises
Below are the Astronomy Laboratories Exercises written by Meagan White for use by students in 153 and 154.

153 Lab Link 153 Lab Description 154 Lab Link 154 Lab Description
Tools for the Night Sky This lab is an introduction to
1)The Telescope and Related Night-Time Observations,
2)Astronomical Coordinate Systems, and
3)The Planetarium and its Sky. Students need to complete and pass the worksheet at the end of the lab exercise before signing up for TLabs.
Tools for the Night Sky This lab is an introduction to the
1)Telescope, CCD Camera, and Related Night-Time Observations, which are mandatory for all students,
2)Astronomical Coordinate Systems, and
3)The Planetarium and its Sky. Students need to complete and pass the worksheet at the end of the lab exercise before signing up for TLabs.
Units and Conversions

This lab helps students understand the metric system, units, and how to convert between units. The lab also includes experience using spreadsheets. These are basic skills required for the our astronomy labs.
Excel Template
Distance Measurement Response Form: Distance Response Form
Units and Conversions
This lab helps students understand the metric system, units, and how to convert between units. The lab also includes experience using spreadsheets. These are basic skills required for the our astronomy labs.
Excel Template
Distance Measurement Response Form: Distance Response Form
Measurement LabIn the measurement lab, students will use crude instruments and their wits to measure a range of values. The goal of these measurements is to give students an appreciation for the difficulty and uncertainty that comes with making measurements. Please use the response form: Form Measurement Lab In the measurement lab, students will use crude instruments and their wits to measure a range of values. The goal of these measurements is to give students an appreciation for the difficulty and uncertainty that comes with making measurements. Please use the response form: Form
Light Spectrum The Light Spectrum lab shows students the optical light spectrum produced by several atomic gases. Students identify the gases by their emission spectra. Light Spectrum The Light Spectrum lab shows students the optical light spectrum produced by several atomic gases. Students identify the gases by their emission spectra.
Intensity vs. Distance In this lab, students see the vast difference in star sizes and experimentally show that Brightness of a star decreases with Distance from the star. The revised Excel Template for the Intensity vs. Distance Lab: Excel I vs. D^2 Template Intensity vs. Distance In this lab, students see the vast difference in star sizes and experimentally show that brightness of a star decreases with distance from the star. The revised Excel Template for the Intensity vs. Distance Lab: Excel I vs. D^2 Template
Gravity and Jupiter's Moons In Gravity and Jupiter's Moons, students use Celestia to observe the orbit of Jupiter's four largest moons and solve their equations of motion. Stellar Evolution with StellariumIn the Stellar Evolution Lab, students use Stellarium to make a Hertzsprung Russell Diagram. Links to forms:
154 Wed - Jason
154-002 Tues 10:10 AM - Mu-hung
154-005 Thurs 12:20 PM - Cody Wiggins
Orbit of Mercury Students will determine the properties of the orbit of Mercury by recording observations in Stellarium and plotting the data on an orbital diagram. The properties of orbits, including semi-major and semi-minor axes, eccentricity, perihelion, aphelion, elongation, conjunction, orbital period, and synodic period are addressed, as well as measurement error. Orbit of Mercury Excel Template Galaxies Students will place Hubble images of actual galaxies on the Hubble Tuning Fork Diagram, and examine the Hubble Deep Field images.
Tateroid! Students will use vegetables to understand how astronomers observe asteroids. Extrasolar Planets In the Extrasolar Planets lab, students learn about the different methods for detecting extrasolar planets.
Black and White Image Processing & Lunar Feature Identification In the Image Processing Lab, students will use CCDOps to compile the Black and White Images they made in T-2. In the Lunar Feature Identification portion, students will identify the geographical features of the moon that they drew for the Moon Lab. Lab 9: Image Processing & Lunar Feature Identification In the Color Image Processing Lab, students will use CCDOps to compile the color images they took in T-4. In the Lunar Feature Identification portion, stuents will identify the geographical features of the moon that they drew for the Moon Lab.
The Lab Exercises linked above are live documents, subject to change at any time.

Updated 8/27/16 DCM