Astronomy 1210 -- February 3, 2012 (8)
Important Topics from Last Time
- McCormick Observatory is open to the public tonight from 7:00-9:00.
- Check collab for a "take home" wildcard to be completed for Monday's class.
- Exam 1 is Wednesday February 8 in class.
- A review session will be held in this room on Monday February 6 at 4:30 p.m.
- A review sheet and sample questions are available
- Telescope Observing (M, Th) and Constellation (M, T, W, Th) labs are in operation.
- Call the status line 4-7238 after 6:30 p.m. if weather is questionable
- Sign up for the lab in advance
- The "constellation of the week" is Orion - see also
Today's Key Topics
- The Ecliptic and Zodiac
- Equinoxes and Solstices
- Phases of the Moon
- Sidereal vs. Solar Day
- Sidereal vs. Synodic Month
- Eclipses of the Sun and Moon
- Annular vs. Total Solar Eclipses
- Today: Cosmic Perspective more Section 2.3 and also see relevant parts of section "S1" beginning at page 87 in the 6th edition
- Next Lecture: more Section 2.3; Section S1.1 (page 94)
- The Moon is between First Quarter and Full (a phase called gibbous)
- It is rising in late afternoon and will be high in the east at sunset - setting a few hours before dawn.
- You should be able to find it in the eastern daytime sky in the late afternoon.
- Look for Venus in the western evening sky (you can't miss it) and Jupiter high overhead in the early evening.
- The Moon will be right in the heart of the constellation of Taurus tonight. The bright red star nearby is Aldebaran (alpha Tau).
- You can't miss Orion, low in the southeast in the early evening and high in the south later on.
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