Astronomy 1210 -- January 23, 2012
Important Topics from Last Time
- Constellation lab starts running tonight
- Call the status line 4-7238 after 6:30 p.m. if weather is questionable
- Sign up for the lab in advance
- Some students say that waiting until the 2nd or 3rd week of the semester is helpful because constellation lab related material is covered in class.
- Telescope Observing starts next Monday.
- Course final is May 11 (the last possible final exam date). There is no option to take the final early, you must be here on May 11.
Today's Key Topics
- Organizing the Universe
- Focusing on process and evolution
- A very brief history of everything
- Human biases to be overcome - Time, Wavelength, Location
- Looking back in time with stale light
- Computer simulation of deep time
- Expressing large numbers with scientific notation
- The Moon is new, nearly in line with the Sun, and thus impossible to see against a dark sky.
- Look for Venus in the western evening sky (you can't miss it) and Jupiter high overhead in the early evening.
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