Astronomy 1210 -- February 6, 2012 (9)
Important Topics from Last Time
- Exam 1 is NEXT LECTURE, Wed February 8 in class.
- A review session will be held in this room this afteroon 4:30 p.m. until about 6:00
- A review sheet and sample questions are available but will be updated to be specific to this exam after class today.
- I will be away on Thursday and will not be available for office hours that morning.
- The take-home wildcard on the calendar will remain open for submission until the end of the day.
- The "constellation of the week" is Taurus - see also
Today's Key Topics
- Sidereal vs. Solar Day
- Sidereal vs. Synodic Month
- Eclipses of the Sun and Moon
- Annular vs. Total Solar Eclipses
- The Calendar and Leap Years
- Planets on the Night Sky
- 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 will be Full on Tuesday. It will rise as the Sun sets and be high in the sky at midnight. It will be near the bright (1st magnitude) star Regulus in the constellation of Leo. It will be close to Mars on Thursday night.
- Look for Venus in the western evening sky (you can't miss it) and Jupiter high overhead in the early evening.
- Look for the constellation Taurus high overhead in the early evening including the bright red star Aldebaran which makes up one end of the "V" that represents the star cluster called the Hyades. Also look for the fainter dipper-shaped group of stars - the Pleiades star cluster.
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