2006 Astronomy Class

2006 Astronomy Class

 

Be sure to follow the Computer Room Rules


Tuesday May 30, 2006 and later

If the computer you are using has the correct Flash version, try the following Astronomy Final Exam Review Puzzle:

Astronomy Final Exam Review Puzzle

Wednesday, May 24, 2006. This is the 10th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) For A-48, write the following on loose-leaf paper and hand-in by the end of class.

a) Complete the following notes from yesterday's class:

Cosmological Principle -  The universe is homogeneous (the same everywhere)  and isotropic (the same in all                                     directions).

Copernican Principle - Earth, Sun, Milky Way Galaxy are not in a special place in the universe.

Cosmological Redshift - Light from distant galaxies is shifted in wavelength towards one end of the spectrum (part                         of the expanding  universe model).

First new elements formed in the first few minutes of the universe - according to the Big Bang Model the elements                     were  hydrogen and helium.

100, 000 Years Old Radio Waves - Arno Penzias and robert Wilson discovered these coming from distant space  in                      1965.

The Big Crunch - The theory that the universe will collapse in the future.

b) Explore all of the following terms using Wikipedia  and take notes on them (number of sides as announced). . Go beyond the definitions that are in Chaper 16 of the Cliffs book. 

exobiology

Search for extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

Drake Equation

Percival Lowell

Schiappareli (astronomer who thought he saw canals on Mars)

von Neumann machine

Fermi's Question

NASA' Mars Exploration

organic molecules

Principle of Mediocrity

c) Test on Friday - Know all of the above for it.

This is the end of Web Lesson 10.


Friday, May 19, 2006. This is the 9th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) For A-46, write notes (the amount will be announced) on the links below.

ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL ASTRONOMY STUDENTS BUILD A WORKING MODEL OF THE MARS SOJOURNER ROBOTIC VEHICLE

Viewing the 1998 Solar Eclipse Through the Clouds

Project SETI by James A. Petrait

Project SETI Communications Station

A SIGNAL FROM THE AREA OF 70 VIRGINIS

The following 2 links are articles from Scientific American

 Largest Map of Universe Yet Bolsters Theories about Dark Energy

Chandra Observations Confirm Existence of Dark Energy


2) The Unit 6 Test will be on Friday, May 26, 2006.  The Final Exam will cover Units 1 to 6 and will take be sometime from May 31, 2006 to June 2, 2006.

3) A-43 was the building of the Celestial Globe correctly and handing in the directions.  A-44 is the 2-sides report on the Celestial Globe which was due on 5/17/06.


This is the end of Web Lesson 9.


Thursday, May 18, 2006. This is the 8th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) Check your current grades at www.gradeconnect.com You are required to do this and to inform (or show) your grades on gradeconnect to your parent or guardian.

2) For A-45, write notes (the amount will be announced) on the U.S. Naval Observatory Links Below.

Go to this link and write about it

U.S. Naval Observatory

Then go to this link and follow the directions below it:

U.S. Naval Observatory Data Services

Find and go to these tables and as many others as you can and record the data for the Virgin Islands, Frederiksted.

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

Altitude and Azimuth of the Sun or Moon During One Day. Find the time that the sun is at the maximum altitude for today and before and after today. When was it closest to 90 degrees.

The moon phase and % visible for today.

Find the Julian Date now.

3)  If you have time left, look up "Celestial Sphere" at Wikipedia.

4) The Unit 6 Test will be on Friday, May 26, 2006.  The Final Exam will cover Units 1 to 6 and will take be sometime from May 31, 2006 to June 2, 2006.

5) A-43 was the building of the Celestial Globe correctly and handing in the directions.  A-44 is the 2-sides report on the Celestial Globe which was due on 5/17/06.


This is the end of Web Lesson 8.


Thursday, 4/27/06. This is the 7th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) Check your current grades at www.gradeconnect.com You are required to do this and to inform (or show) your grades on gradeconnect to your parent or guardian.

2) Do Objective A-36 (take notes or make sketches to hand-in) which consists of using 3D Anaglyph glasses to observe 3D images of Mars at

Mars Anaglyph 3D Gallery

and the following as yhou have time for:

3) Enter the coordinates for St. Croix: 17d North Latitude and 64d West Longitude. (Use d for degrees since that is the only way to do it on the computer). Look for a write down if Sagittarius (and the Milky Way ) will be visible from St. Croix.

4) When the sky map comes up, Go down and select the various option s.

Go to YOUR SKY by John Walker

5) Check out the latest image of the sun and make a sketch of it showing the location of any sunspots.

SOHO Satellite for the very latest images of the Sun.


Friday, 3/24/06. This is the 6th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) Do Objective A-28 which make use of 2 websites that you used before.

2) Enter the coordinates for St. Croix: 17d North Latitude and 64d West Longitude. (Use d for degrees since that is the only way to do it on the computer.) Make a sketch of the main stars over at 8 PM on Monday, 3/27/06. Make the sketch good enough so you can compare it to the positions on a star locator which you will make on Monday.

3) When the sky map comes up, Go down and select the various options.

Go to YOUR SKY by John Walker

4) Check out the latest image of the sun and make a sketch of it showing the location of any sunspots.

SOHO Satellite for the very latest images of the Sun.


Friday, 2/17/06. This is the 5th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) Check your current grades at www.gradeconnect.com You are required to do this and to inform (or show) your grades on gradeconnect to your parent or guardian.

2) Do Objective A-14. Explore all of the following and take some notes describing what is available at each web site. The amount of notes will be announced in class.

SOHO Satellite for the very latest images of the Sun.

Today's Space Weather

GOES 8 Satellite, Fulldisk InfraRed Image of the Earth (Western Hemisphere)

Meteosat Satellite Fulldisk InfraRed Image of the Earth with African Continent

GOES 9 Satellite Fulldisk InfraRed Image of the Earth with Pacific Ocean

Satellite Fulldisk InfraRed Image of the Earth with the Indian Ocean

Puerto Rico Satellite

3) Be sure to do all of the readings and study your notes and returned assignments for the Unit 2 Test on Friday, 2/24/06. If you have any questions, send email to the teacher from gradeconnect.


Friday, 2/10/06. This is the 4th online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) Check your current grades at www.gradeconnect.com You are required to do this and to inform (or show) your grades on gradeconnect to your parent or guardian.

2) Do Objective A-11. Explore all of the following terms using Wikipedia  and take notes on them (number of sides as announced). . Go beyond the definitions

electromagnetic radiation

gamma rays

X-rays

ultraviolet radiation

visible light

infrared radiation

microwaves

radio waves

photon theory of light

wave theory of light

frequency and wavelength

telescopes

How do the the above terms relate to the science of astronomy?


Thursday, 1/26/06. This is the third online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School.

PROCEDURE:

1) Do Objective A-05. Explore all of the following links and take notes on them.

stars and constellations

history of astronomy quiz

AASTRA Photos

AASTRA Leadership Workshop

Starry sky com

McDonald Observatory

Stardust Homepage


Wednesday, 1/25/06. This is the second online lesson for the Astronomy Class at St. Joseph High School. Be sure to read and follow the rules on the handout

PROCEDURE:

1) Do Objective A-04 "More Sky Map Practice." Click on the "YOUR SKY" link below.

2) Enter the coordinates for St. Croix: 17d North Latitude and 64d West Longitude. (Use d for degrees since that is the only way to do it on the computer.) Make a sketch of the main stars over St. Croix at 2 PM and 8 PM today. Show where the North Star is located. Then use the location chooser and find Sydney, Australia and make a sketch of the stars located there at 8 PM today. Compare it to St,. Croix's. Identify star names as possible.

3) When the sky map comes up, Go down and select the various options.

Go to YOUR SKY by John Walker


Be sure to follow the

Computer Room Rules

Friday, 1/20/06. This is the first online lesson for the AstronomyClass at St. Joseph High School. Be sure to read and follow the rules on the handout

PROCEDURE:

1) Register for Astronomy Class at www.gradeconnect.com Follow the instructions. You need a working email address before you register at gradeconnect.

2) Do Objective A-03 "Exploring an Internet Sky Map." Click on the "YOUR SKY" link below.

3) Enter the coordinates for St. Croix: 17d North Latitude and 64d West Longitude. (Use d for degrees since that is the only way to do it on the computer.)

4) When the sky map comes up, Go down and select the various options.

5) Write a page or more describing what you did on the computer and any actual sky observations based on the maps.


Go to YOUR SKY by John Walker