Astronomy 1210 -- January 27, 2012 (5)
Important Topics from Last Time
- Exam 1 will be Wednesday Feb 8 instead of Friday Feb 10 as originally scheduled.
- Constellation lab now runs Monday-Thursday
- 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 Monday (runs on Monday and Thursday).
Today's Key Topics
- Expressing large numbers with scientific notation
- Stars and star names
- Magnitudes and stellar brightness
- Perspectives on the Celestial Sphere
- Angular measure and angular altitude
- Celestial poles and equator
- The Moon continues to become an bigger crescent (waxing) setting later each night.
- Watch as it covers ground between Venus (which it just passed) and Jupiter over the next few days
- You should be able to find it in the daytime sky to the east (left) of the Sun. The first quarter moon is highest at Noon.
- 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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