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Telescope Labs - Spring 2019

To sign up, please make sure you are logged in to your UTK Google account.

If you cannot come on the night that you signed up for, email Noah Frere at nfrere@vols.utk.edu.

Date Day Start Time Status/Attendance (Max: 27)
1/24/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Cancelled
1/28/2019 Mon 8:00 PM Cancelled
1/31/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Cancelled _
2/4/2019 Mon 8:00 PM Cancelled
2/7/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Completed
2/11/2019 Mon 8:00 PM Cancelled
2/13/2019 Wed 9:00 PM Completed
2/14/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Cancelled
2/18/2019 Mon 8:00 PM Cancelled
2/21/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Not-gonna-happen...
2/25/2019 Mon 8:00 PM Completed
2/26/2019 Tues 9:15 PM Completed
2/28/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Cancelled
3/4/2019 Mon 8:00 PM Cancelled
3/7/2019 Thurs 8:00 PM Cancelled
3/11/2019 Mon 9:00 PM Completed
3/14/2019 Thurs 9:00 PM Cancelled
3/18/2019 Mon 9:00 PM Spring Break
3/21/2019 Thurs 9:00 PM Spring Break
3/25/2019 Mon 9:00 PM Cancelled
3/27/2019 Wed 9:10 PM Success!
3/28/2019 Thurs 9:00 PM Complete
4/1/2019 Mon 9:00 PM Cancelled
4/4/2019 Thurs 9:00 PM Cancelled

Waitlisted Students

When the TLab signups are full, a waitlist may be offered. Waitlisted students are not guaranteed a spot on the roof. If there are cancellations or no-shows by students on the signup list, spots on the roof will go to wait-listed students, priority given in the order students signed up on the waitlist. You must be present at the TLab to claim a spot on the roof.

When attendance has been taken, and everyone has an answer sheet, students will go to the roof with the instructor. Do not be late! Late students will meet a locked door.
Bring a flash drive to store images, a flashlight to see by, and a jacket to keep warm.

If weather conditions force us to cancel night-time observations on the night that you signed up for, sign up for another night. See the "Weather" link to your left for more information about the conditions that may force us to cancel observations.

T-Lab Format and Description of At-Home Portion

T-Lab 1 - Unaided Eye Observing

On the roof: Students will map the night sky on the roof, using the Skymaps current monthly star map as a reference.

At home: Using a star map from two months prior or two months after the T-Lab date, the student will compare the two night skies. Additionally, the student will compare their star map to one from the equator. The student should be guided by the following questions:
- How has the sky changed?
- Are there any similarities that you notice? Which features stick around (and do you recognize any of them)?
- What causes the night sky to change from month to month, latitude to latitude?
The paper should be typed, single spaced, and in size 12 Times New Roman Font.

A rubric can be found here

Sky maps can be found here:
Northern Hemisphere
January - here
February - here
March - here
April - here
January - here
February - here
March - here
April - here
November - here

T-Lab 2 - Instrumentation Observing

On the roof: Students will rotate through telescope stations, observing different objects using 4 visual and 3 photographic setups. Each station will require students to sketch the object in the view, and fill out some information about the object as well as a short description of its appearance. One station will require students to move the telescope to a bright object and then use the telescope’s computer to identify the object. Students will use the cameras and laptops on three stations to photograph (saving files to a USB flash drive) three different objects, two objects in black and white and one in color.

At home: Students will write a short lab report, including
- An introduction describing the T-Lab procedures including a description of the various stations.
- A body in which students will select 5 objects viewed through either a camera or an eyepiece, and write a paragraph describing each object. In the text of the paragraph, students should answer questions such as What type of object is this? [e.g., planet, binary star, galaxy, star cluster, nebula, etc.] What are some interesting observable properties of this object? How bright is the object? How far away is the object? Where is the object located? What constellation and what are the celestial coordinates (Right Ascension and Declination)?
- A conclusion describing the student’s impressions and final thoughts.

The paper should be typed, single spaced in size 12 Times New Roman font.

A rubric can be found here.

A template paper can be found here.

NOTE: The T-Labs are not the same as the extra credit offered by Paul Lewis.
The instructions and sign-up sheets for extra credit are located in front of room 415, the large auditorium of Nielsen Physics Building. Read the extra credit instructions carefully, late-comers to the extra credit will be sent off the roof.
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Updated 8/22/2018 JTC