Coordinate SystemsIn this lab you will use a celestial globe to examine the position of objects in the sky and predict their motions. Click on the link in the upper right to download and print your copy
Eclipse SimulatorWe will simulate both solar and lunar eclipses in this laboratory exercise. Click on the link on the top right to download and print your copy of this lab.
Orbits of the PlanetsIn this lab, you will plot the orbits of the planets showing their relative sizes and shapes. Download and print for class.
Lunar Surface FeaturesIn this lab exercise, you will use images avaialble online to discuss the features visible on the Moon’s surface.
Solar System ScaleIn this lab, we will go outside to the Thompson Oval to see the true scale of our solar system. Download and print the lab and wear sensible shoes.
Planetary AtmospheresIn this lab, you will use basic gas laws to predict the possible atmosapheres of planetary bodies. The lab includes an Excel spreadsheet which will calculates gas velocities.
The Moons of JupiterThe four moons discovered by Galileo obey Kepler’s laws of planetary motion, with a twist. You will calculate the numbers for these objects
Planetary RingsIn this laboratory excercise, you will compare the ring systems of the four giant planets in the solar system. Each is unique in some way.
Moons of the PlanetsThere are at least a hundred moons of various types orbiting the other planets in the solar system. This lab sorts them into distinct catagories.
Intro to CelestiaThis exercise is intended to get you familiar with the Celestia program, which you will be using to create your final project for this class.
Globular ClustersIn this lab exercise, you will plot the positions of globular clusters. When done, you will see that the distribution of this type of cluster is different than open clusters. Your plot should be centered on the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
The Local Group.In this lab, you will tabulate the few dozen members of the Local Group of galaxies and find the distribution of each type.
The Kuiper BeltFor twenty years or so now, we have begun to explore a new region in the solar system whuic contains perhaps thousand of small bodies similar to Pluto