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The following activities, if properly documented, are considered valid for participation credit (in place of, for example, index cards).

Additional opportunities to earn participation credit will be announced in class only.

Star Parties

star parties Attend one of the Astronomy Department-sponsored Star Parties, which occur on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings during the semester, weather permitting. The Wednesday night events are held on the roof of RLM Hall, while the Friday and Saturday ones use the telescope on the roof of Painter Hall. See details here. Important: In order to receive credit for this activity, you must request a signed slip from the person in charge, and turn it in to the T.A. within the next week. No more than two Star Parties can count for participation credit.

Special Lecture, "Frontiers of Cosmology," Feb. 7

prof. eiichiro komatsu A public lecture on "Frontiers in Cosmology" will be presented by Prof. Eiichiro Komatsu of the Department of Astronomy on Saturday, February 7 at 1:00 PM in the Avaya Auditorium, Room 2.302 on the ground floor of the ACES building, at the corner of 24th Street and Speedway. This is another opportunity to earn participation credit through an out of class activity. In order to receive credit, you will need to turn in a brief write-up summarizing what you heard and learned at the talk, no later than the start of class on Thursday, February 12. This must be turned in as hard copy (on paper), not emailed; I prefer it to be typed, since it must be legible. You can earn 1 or 2 credits for this assignment, depending on the quality of your effort, not on whether you understand everything you hear, which would not be fair since that is background-dependent. You must personally attend the lecture in order to receive credit. I strongly advise you against copying someone else's notes and trying to turn that in. Not only does that constitute a violation of UT's Honor Code, but I have an uncanny ability to recognize attempts to cheat!

Public Lecture ~ Frontiers in Cosmology

The M.E.L Oakes Undergraduate Lecture Series, "Rare Earth?" Wed., March 11

stardust Professor Donald E. Brownlee will present the undergraduate lecture, "Rare Earth?" Wednesday, March 11 at 4:15 P.M. in RLM 4.102. Earth is unique in our solar system, but is it unique among extrasolar planets? Is it easy to make Earths? How Earth-like does a planet really have to be to support life like us? Donald E. Brownlee is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington. His research interests include investigations of interplanetary dust, comets, meteorites, and the origins of the solar system. He is currently the principal investigator for NASA's STARDUST Discovery mission (artist's rendering at right), which successfully recovered matter from comet Wild 2 and returned to Earth--a 3-billion mile, 7-year journey.

Undergraduate Lecture ~ Rare Earths?