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Physics 236, Solar System Astronomy Lab

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May 15, 2002: Tonight we WILL be INDOORS
Meet in 08-3335, even if it is clear

Map to the RIT Observatory


Michael Richmond
Building 8, Office 3336
Office phone: 475-2538

Class hours

   Wednesday    8:00 - 10:00 pm   08-3335  (or RIT Observatory if clear)

Office Hours


Lecture course

This course has an associated lecture course, Physics 235, taught by Prof. Davis. The labs are designed to provide hands-on experience with the material discussed in lecture. However, we may not follow the lectures exactly.

Other resources

There is a Study Center in the College of Science, on the first floor of Building 8. A schedule posted outside the room lists times at which someone will be available to help with questions. You may also contact the Learning Development Center, in the Eastman Building, second floor. The Office of Special Services can arrange one-on-one tutorial sessions for qualified students.

If you miss a class meeting, in general, you will not have an opportunity to make up the work. If you wish to schedule a make-up, you must present me with a note explaining your absence, and signed by both your advisor and the chairman of your department. Without such a note, no make-up will be given.

If you have any special needs, you must inform me during the first week of classes. Otherwise, I may not be able to make arrangements in time to help you. Please contact me after class or at my office.

Materials you should bring to each session

  1. All 3 text materials -- Almanac, Star and Planet Finder, Sky Guide
  2. a working flashlight which is covered with some red material
  3. warm clothes -- bring an extra layer, in case we go outside
  4. paper and pen/pencils

Possible Lab projects

Depending on the weather, we may do these in any order, or devise new ones as the quarter passes.

You may want to grab some extra observing report forms, in postscript or GIF format.

For more information on Stardial, go to the Stardial home page.

Those interested in astrophotography should read A Basic Primer on Astrophotography

For a bird's eye view of the planets, check out the Solar System Live.

If you're interested in seeing satellites, check out The Heavens Above page, set to the RIT site.

A good site for the information on the Moon is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon.

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