Astronomy 1210 -- April 16, 2012 (33)
Important Topics from Last Time
- Exam 3 results will be posted by Monday at worst.
- The "constellation of the week" is Auriga - see also
Today's Key Topics
- Radar imaging of the surface of Venus
- The history of the Venusian surface
- Historical Exploration of Mars
- Spacecraft exploration of Mars
- Exploring the Martian surface with landers
- Water on Mars and the potential for life
- Meteorites from Mars
- Today: Cosmic Perspective Sections 10.4
- The Moon is a waning crescent in the pre-dawn sky.
- Look for Orion standing upright in the southwest as it gets dark. This will be the last time Orion will be visible as it passes behind the Sun and then will emerge in the morning sky in August.
- Jupiter is quickly getting lost in evening twilight while Venus continues to creep eastward amongst the background of stars, avoiding the Sun. Venus is in Taurus near the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters.
- Mars is prominent rising in the eastern sky in the early evening. Its red color is evident.
- Find Venus. The loop of stars above and to the "right" is the constellation Aurgia marked by the bright star Capella.
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