Friday, May 22, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Star Cycle

Please check out this power point on the star cycle. Obviously since my laptop bit the big microchip in the sky I can't be showing this in class. I hope you enjoy it (double click on the pic) and find it a useful learning tool.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Observation journal options

Observation Journal: 100 points. Observation project of the night sky. Choose from below and recording:

· Moon Journal: pick one spot, draw the moon from that spot (or photograph) for 4 weeks with at least 10 observations
· Moving constellations. Draw the circumpolar constellations over a six hour period. Repeat another night.
· Draw the same spot in the sky (like stars hovering above a tree in your yard) 10 nights
· Write ten entries over the next 17 weeks documenting how you hear non-astronomy people use astronomy terms and what they might be trying to accomplish by using them. (mars bars, Saturn cars, etc.)
· Write ten reflections on the topics we’re learning about or your colleagues are presenting about.
· Look up at the night sky and design your own myth, draw the stars, constellation shape, write a brief myth for each one.

Sky charts

The above sky chart applies to campout dates.

Print out the sky map
1. go to
2. login FightingFlower, password Trillium
3. go to whole sky map
4. fill in the date, 10 pm = 22:00, black on white
5. cut and paste into a word document to print

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Moon Phases, Eclipses

Hey guys, be able to identify the moon phase by appearance. Be able to draw the relative positions of the sun moon and earth based on the type of eclipse.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

First Meeting

After our first meeting we've rewritten the grading policy. We have dropped the point value on the syllabus and upped the constellation quiz value. The meeting went well. Now we ill be learning the constellations and their myths. See the below website for a star wheel. More to come on the Greek myths.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Printable Syllabus

You can find a printable syllabus on our wiki site.