Star ChartsIn this first lab report, you will become familiar with the various resources available to the astronomer. For this lab you must download Cartes du Ciel, which is a wonderful chart chart application. We now use online sources almost exclusively, but you will still be able to refer to printed catalogs.
SpectroscopyIn this lab exercise, you will use a spectroscope to examine the spectra of several gas discharge tubes. You should become familiar with the spectral lines of each different gas.
The H-R DiagramIn this lab, you will plot two separate groups of stars on an H-R diagram so that you can see the pattern that is created. The first group will be nearby stars, and the second group will be the brightest stars in the night sky. Click the link above and to the right to download.
Solar RotationIn this lab exercise, you will measure the changing positions of sunsppots over the course of a week and a half. After plotting the changing angle of these spots, you will be able to determine the rotation period of the Sun.
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Visual Binary StarsIn this laboratory exercise, you will be given the orbits of several visual binary star systems to analyze. There are questions about the orbital elements of these systems.
Eclipsing BinariesIn this lab exercise, you will simulate various eclipsing binary star systems using an online applet. The applet may be found here. You will see that the size and temperature of a star will change the light curve that we see for that system.
Open ClustersIn this lab exercise, you will plot the positions of a small portion of the thousands of open clusters found in our Milky Way galaxy. After doing this lab, you will see that these clusters lie mainly in the plane of the galaxy.
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 Drake EquationThis equation is an attempt to predict how many technological civilizations might be out there in the galaxy. The hard part is coming up with the right numbers.