Astronomy 1210 -- January 30, 2012 (6)
- Exam 1 will be Wednesday Feb 8 instead of Friday Feb 10 as originally scheduled.
- Telescope Observing lab begins tonight. It runs on Mondays and Thursdays.
Important Topics from Last Time
- Call the status line 4-7238 after 6:30 p.m. if weather is questionable
- Sign up for the lab in advance
- Constellation lab now runs Monday-Thursday
- We've covered most of the material relevant to the lab.
Today's Key Topics
- Perspectives on the Celestial Sphere
- Angular measure and angular altitude
- Celestial poles and equator
- Precession of the Earth's rotation axis
- The Ecliptic and Zodiac
- Equinoxes and Solstices
- Today: Cosmic Perspective Section 2.2;
- The Moon continues to become an bigger crescent (waxing) setting later each night.
- It will be near (just past) Jupiter tonight.
- 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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