Week Four Blog Post

Post the following to your blog this week:

  1. Gravitation Problem Set
  2. A reflection on this week’s text from The Universe is a Green Dragon (seminar text). Choose an idea that struck you from the text. What is argument the author is making with that idea? Give evidence for why you think the author is making that argument. What is a piece of science you learned from the text? How does it fit into or contribute to the author’s overall argument?
  3. Reflect on the breakout project you joined this week (ocean, camp planning, High Altitude Balloon, trees, photography, etc).
    • What did you do this week? What did you accomplish?
    • What are you hoping to accomplish in the coming weeks?
    • What did you learn about yourself? About group work? About science or the project at hand?
    • How will you consider yourself successful in this endeavor?
  4. Look through the list of class competencies. Which did you display, have success in during the class? What technical skill did you begin learning? What evidence is there for your continued improvement in these arenas? (please feel free to add video, photo, or other media in order to show evidence.

Week Three Blog Post

Post the following for this week’s work:
1. An image of the Waves Problem Set Completed
2. An image of your Cosmic Structure Poster with a brief description of what struck you about the structure. What did you learn researching it and making the poster? What questions do you have about it? How did your group function? What work did you do vs the rest of your group?
3. Read the seminar text (or watch the video). What is the main point of Feynman’s argument in this text? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
4. This week, we worked in groups to create a poster to teach the rest of the class, we did a seminar on science and beauty, we completed a Wednesday free write and shared, completed a problem set on waves, some of you went out for a night under the stars, and others prepped for their night. Look through the attached class competencies – take some time to identify any from the academic and/or interpersonal list (or for those who did astronomy from the technical) that you showed evidence of this week through your work. How did you display said characteristic? How might you improve on it/grow more? Where are you at present? Where would you like to go?

Blog Post 2 – Due Friday, September 7th

I’ve linked the text we read and discussed in class yesterday – The Power of Light. Choose one of the prompts below to respond to from that text
1. Choose a technological advance from the text. What does that technology teach you about light? What questions does it raise for you? How is the technology significant?
2. What characteristic of light that you read about was most striking or interesting to you? Why? What is its significance? What questions does it raise for you?

Also respond to the questions below:
3. What is your understanding of how starlight is produced? What forces are at play? What is happening inside the star?
4. What do you find most fascinating about light and why?

5. Post an image of both sides of the Number Sense Problem set.
6. Post your plan for astronomy over the coming few weeks. Who will you be working with? When will you go out? What object(s) do you hope to image and why?
7. How is the semester going for you? What are your strengths? What are you struggling with? What are you hoping we get to in the coming weeks?

Find an Object to Image in the Night Sky

Use the neave planetarium site to find an object in the night sky to image. https://neave.com/planetarium/

Cross reference the objects in the night sky with the Messier Catologue or NGC catalog to find something that will be up. The object must be brighter than Magnitude 10 and bigger than 0.5 arcseconds.

You can also look at prominent stars – Magnitude 3 or brighter – to image. Each one of you should have a hit list of stars and deep sky objects that you’re interested in imaging.

Your process should be the following:

  1. Spend some time individually finding objects you have an interest in imaging. Any object larger than 0.5 arcsec and brighter than magnitude 12 will suffice. Find three to four objects.
  2. Convene with your partnership – groups of three to four. Decide on which of the objects you’d like to image. Get that signed off by Brian. You should do a max of four objects. I’d probably recommend two would be better because you’ll be able to collect more data the fewer the objects you plan to image.
  3. With the group, plan out what type of wide field image you’d like to capture. Do some research on wide field imaging. (constellations, milky way, timelapse, star trails)

Good luck!