Week 5

Read: The sun, the moon and the calendar (Chap. 8)
Quiz: Monday. Covers Ptolemy's Almagest.

Homework exercises: The moon and the zodiac (Ex. 8.1), Optional: Crescent moon (Ex. 8.2) Due noon Saturday week 5.

Laboratory exercises: In lab this week, we will discuss the upcoming Planetary observations (Ex. 3.2) and Lunar observations (Ex. 8.4). The planetary observations must be done at least once per week starting this week and ending on week 14. From now on, each week you must scan and submit a lab book page which includes your planetary observation for that week. Be sure to include the time, date, sky conditions, sketch, and measurements of the position of the planet with respect to nearby stars. Your first observation is due noon Monday week 6.

The lunar observations must be done every other night at the same time (say, 9 or 9:30 pm) from Oct. 21 until Nov. 1. Each night you should record the time, date, sky condition, observation location, location of the moon, and a sketch of the moon. Scanned lab book pages will be due noon Monday week 11.

The sun, the moon and the calendar (1 video):

Intro. to Astronomy