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ASTRONOMY 195
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Welcome to AST 195!
You have a standing assignment to check this web page at least twice a week.

Questions?  Feel free to call or stop by during
office hours (click here for the hours).


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Grades Posted.  Have a great summer and have fun with your telescope!

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CHECK YOUR GRADES IN AST 195

***Click Here***

With this on-line grade sheet you can check all your grades in AST 195, make sure that the professor recorded them properly, and see what your overall grade is in AST 195. 
This requires Microsoft Excel.  It works on Jefferson computers.  It may work on your personal computer or phone.

 

 

LAB CALENDAR

 

 

 

Week 1
Monday January 14 (Downtown)
Thursday January 17 (Southwest)
(scroll down for
additional weeks)

Click here for lab syllabus (sign & return).

 

Click here for information on required telescope.

Click here for list of AST 195 projects.

 

Click here for information on making videos in AST 195.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday January 21: MLK Holiday (no class)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2

 

Thursday January 24 (Southwest)
Monday January 28 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Purchasing a Telescope (#1)

·         Telescope Basics A (#2)

If you get stuck or need “hands-on” help, bring your telescope in to class!  That’s why we have class, so you can get help and talk to your professor and other students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3

 

Thursday January 31 (Southwest)
Monday February 4 (Downtown)

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Purchasing a Telescope (#1)

·         Telescope Basics A (#2)

·         Telescope Basics B (#3)

If you get stuck or need “hands-on” help, bring your telescope in to class!  That’s why we have class, so you can get help and talk to your professor and other students!

 

DUE DATE:  Project #1, Purchasing a Telescope, due Week 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4

 

Thursday February 7 (Southwest)
Monday February 11 (Downtown)

 

PROJECT #1 DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Telescope Basics B (#3)

·         Observing Equipment (#4)

·         Lunar Planning (#5)

If you get stuck or need “hands-on” help, bring your telescope in to class!  That’s why we have class, so you can get help and talk to your professor and other students!

 

DUE DATE:  Project #2, Basics A, due Week 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Monday) February 18 – President’s Day Holiday, no classes.  And because the Monday class (which meets once per week) has already had one holiday (for MLK Day), the Thursday class will not meet on February 14, in order to keep the two classes in synch with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5

 

Thursday February 21 (Southwest)
Monday February 25 (Downtown)

 

PROJECT #2 DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Observing Equipment (#4)

·         Lunar Planning (#5)

·         Aperture Masks (#6)

·         Telescope Comparison (#A)

·         Lunar Observations (#B-#C-#D)

 

DUE DATES:  Project #3 due Week 6.  Projects #4 & #5 are due Week 7.  You should be working on projects #A through #D and turning them in as you get them done.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night and a moon, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6

 

Thursday February 28 (Southwest)
Monday March 4 (Downtown)

 

PROJECT #3 DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Aperture Masks (#6)

·         Telescope Comparison (#A)

·         Lunar Observations (#B-#C-#D)

·         Galileo’s Telescope (#E)

·         Spring Stars (#F)

·         Planets (#G)

 

DUE DATES:  Projects #4 & #5 are due Week 7.  Project #6 is due Week 8.  You should be working on projects #A through #D and turning them in as you get them done.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night and a moon, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7

 

Thursday March 7 (Southwest)
Spring Break – March 11-15
Monday March 18 (Downtown)

 

PROJECTS #4 & #5 DUE THIS WEEK.

 

No new projects this week!  Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Galileo’s Telescope (#E)

·         Spring Stars (#F)

·         Planets (#G)

 

DUE DATES:  Basic Project #6 is due Week 8.  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You must turn in at least one Observing Project by Week 9 (you can choose which one).  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8

 

Thursday March 21 (Southwest)
Monday March 25 (Downtown)

 

PROJECT #6 DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar Filter Making (#7)—note that you need cardboard for this project!

 

DUE DATES:  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You must turn in at least one Observing Project by Week 9 (you can choose which one) and another by Week 10.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 9

 

Thursday March 28 (Southwest)
Monday April 1 (Downtown)

 

1st OBSERVING PROJECT #A-#G (your choice of which one) DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar Filter Making (#7)—note that you need cardboard for this project!

 

DUE DATES:  Basic Project #7 is due Week 10.  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You must turn in at least one more observing Project by Week 10 (you can choose which one) and two others by Week 11.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10

 

Thursday April 4 (Southwest)
Monday April 8 (Downtown)

 

2nd OBSERVING PROJECT #A-#G (your choice of which one) DUE THIS WEEK.

 

PROJECT #7 DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar Observing Project (#H)

 

DUE DATES:  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You must turn in two more by Week 11, and two more still by Week 12.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

Week 12 will be the last week in which you may turn in any number of projects.  After Week 12 (as we approach the end of the semester) there will be a MAXIMUM number of projects that you may turn in on any given week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 11

 

Thursday April 11 (Southwest)
Monday April 15 (Downtown)

 

3rd & 4th OBSERVING PROJECTS #A-#G (your choice of which one) DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on the following projects (click for the list):

·         Solar Observing Project (#H)

 

DUE DATES:  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You must turn in two more still by Week 12.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

Week 12 will be the last week in which you may turn in any number of projects.  After Week 12 (as we approach the end of the semester) there will be a MAXIMUM number of projects that you may turn in on any given week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the Monday class (which meets once per week) has already had two holidays (for MLK & Presidents’ Days), the Thursday class will not meet on April 18, in order to bring the two classes fully into synch with each other by the end of the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 12

 

Monday April 22 (Downtown)
Thursday April 25 (Southwest)

 

5th & 6th OBSERVING PROJECTS #A-#G (your choice of which one) DUE THIS WEEK.

 

Today we will work on whatever projects and questions students need help with.

 

DUE DATES:  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You may turn in a MAXIMUM OF TWO projects on Week 13.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 13

 

Monday April 29 (Downtown)
Thursday May 2 (Southwest)

 

7th & 8th OBSERVING PROJECTS #A-#G (your choice of which one) DUE THIS WEEK.  A MAXIMUM OF TWO PROJECTS MAY BE TURNED IN THIS WEEK.
NO MORE THAN TWO PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

Today we will work on whatever projects and questions students need help with.

 

DUE DATES:  You should be working on Observing Projects #A through #G and turning them in as you get them done.  You may turn in a MAXIMUM OF TWO projects on Week 13.  Don’t procrastinate—if you have a clear night, go observe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 14 (FINAL EXAM WEEK)

 

Monday May 6 (Downtown)
Thursday May 9 (Southwest)

 

Monday Downtown Class – 1:00 PM

Thursday Southwest Class – 12:00 PM

 

These times are set by the JCTC Exam Week Schedule (click here for schedule).

 

STUDENTS WHO STILL HAVE PROJECTS TO TURN IN MAY TURN IN UP TO TWO PROJECTS THIS WEEK. 
A MAXIMUM OF TWO PROJECTS MAY BE TURNED IN THIS WEEK.
NO MORE THAN TWO PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 

Once I leave the SW Campus after the Thursday class, AST 195 is over, and no more material may be turned in.  I will have all grades posted as soon as possible.