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AST 309 · The Solar System    1   2  


Schedule:

Week of:

Reading:
Topics:
Exam days:
Jan 14:
Ch 1
Prologue
 
Jan 21:
Ch 2
View from Space
 
Jan 28:
Ch 3
Atmospheres
 
Feb 4:
Ch 4
Earth
Feb 4 (Mon)
Feb 11:
Ch 4
Earth, cont'd
 
Feb 18:
Ch 5
Moon
 
Feb 25:
Ch 6
Mercury
Feb 29 (Fri)
Mar 3:
Ch 7
Venus
 
Mar 17:
Ch 8
Mars
 
Mar 24:
Ch 9
Jupiter
 
Mar 31:
Ch 10
Saturn
 
Apr 7:
Ch 11
Uranus + Neptune
Apr 7 (Mon)
Apr 14:
Ch 12
Comets
 
Apr 21:
Ch 13
Asteroids
 
Apr 28:
Ch 14
Collisions
May 2 (Fri)



Positions of Planets
Mercury is visible the first 1-2 weeks of the semester about 45 minutes after sunset in the west just above where the Sun set. It is also visible before sunrise around March 1.

Venus is up before sunrise all semester. It is moving closer to the Sun. A crescent moon, Mercury, and Venus are very close together before sunrise March 5.

Mars rises just before sunset at the beginning of the semester. It is up in the evening all semester, but it is rising earlier and getting fainter as we move past it. Find a star near it, and watch to see how it moves relative to that star during the semester.

Jupiter at first rises late at night, but rises earlier later in the semester. It is bright, but rather far south in the sky.

Saturn rises at about 9:30 PM at the beginning of the semester, and then rises earlier as the semester goes on. It follows the star Regulus (in Leo). Watch to see how it moves relative to Regulus.

There will be a lunar eclipse on Feb. 20. The umbral eclipse occurs from 7:43 PM to 11:09 PM. We will have an assignment to watch it to determine the size of the Moon.

Painter Hall telescope
There is a good telescope for viewing planets on top of Painter Hall. Go there at least once during the semester on a Friday or Saturday night. See http://outreach.as.utexas.edu/public/viewing.html


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15 January 2008
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