Course Outline for Night Astronomy 2016-17
Instructor: Scott Kindt
Text Book: Skywatching + Online Text materials
Room: 212 Berthoud High School
Schedule: Monday night 6:00-10:00 pm
Web Page http://www.rockymountainstars.com
Phone (970) 613-7743
Night Astronomy is a district magnet course for students interested in learning about Astronomy and the night sky. In this course we will be using the Little Thompson Observatory to observe and study celestial objects in the night sky. Some topics of study include: stars, galaxies, nebula, and solar system objects. We will also use binoculars, smaller telescopes, and a CCD camera to take digital astrophotos of celestial objects.
1. Learn the basic constellations of the night sky.
2. Learn how to operate a telescope and identify celestial objects.
3. Kepler’s Laws and Universal Gravitation.
4. Historical astronomy & space exploration.
5. The Solar System & Solar Physics
6. Stars: Nuclear Fusion, H-R Diagrams, Stellar Life Cycles
5. Galaxies & Cosmology
Grading Scale & Point Distribution
100%-90% A 89%-80% B 79%-70% C 69%-60% D 59%-0 F
50% from 4 exams 390 points.
25% from observing logs or in class activities 195 points.
25 % on line assignments 195 points.
All observing logs must be completed in class. If you miss a class, there will be a public star night at the observatory the third Friday of each month. Participating in this public star night can substitute for your observing log. These public star nights begin at 7:15 and more information is available at: http://www.starkids.org
The online assignments are found at http://www.rockymountainstars.com under Night Astronomy. All assignments are due the following class after they are assigned and will only be taken 1 week late for a 50% point reduction.
Unit 1 Amateur Astronomy
Assignment 1 Telescopes (15 points)
Assignment 2 Star Charts & constellations (15 points)
Assignment 3 Celestial objects (15 points)
Constellation Quiz (30 points)
Unit 1 Exam 100 points
Unit 2 Astrophotography
Assignment #4 Astrophotography (15 points)
Unit 3 Space Exploration
Assignment #5 Seeing the universe through different eyes EM Spectrum (15pts)
Assignment #6 Space Exploration Sputnik to present (15 points)
Unit 3 Test 60 points
Unit 4 The Solar System
Assignment #7 Historical Astronomy (15 points)
Assignment #8 Earth-Sun-Moon System (15 points)
Assignment #9 The Sun & Solar Cycles Space Weather (15 points)
Assignment #10 The Planets & Science Illustration (15 points)
Unit 4 Exam 100 Points
Unit 5 Astrophysics
Assignment #11 Properties of Stars Nuclear Fusion (15 points)
Assignment #12 Life cycle of stars H-R diagrams (15 points)
Assignment #13 Galaxies & the Expanding Universe (15 points)
Final Exam 100 points
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