Category Archives: Class

For my 2017 class…

If you’re in my 2017 Solar System class, please put a comment here showing that you’ve found my blog and that you’re following it :)  Please include your first name and last name initial.  Note that you MUST be logged in to your own WordPress blog when commenting or else you’re doing it wrong!

Also make sure you have bookmarked the big class blog aggregator: Astro2110 – The Solar System.  From there, you can follow everyone or specific classmates if you like (when I post them).

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For my 2016 class…

If you’re in my 2016 Solar System class, please put a comment here showing that you’ve found my blog and that you’re following it :)  Please include your first name and last name initial.  Note that you MUST be logged in to your own WordPress blog when commenting or else you’re doing it wrong!

Also make sure you have bookmarked the big class blog aggregator: Astro201 – The Solar System.  From there, you can follow everyone or specific classmates if you like (when I post them).

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For my 2015 class…

If you’re in my 2015 Solar System class, please put a comment here showing that you’ve found my blog and that you’re following it :)  Please include your first name and last name initial.  Note that you MUST be logged in to your own WordPress blog when commenting or else you’re doing it wrong!

Also make sure you have bookmarked the big class blog aggregator: Astro201 – The Solar System.  From there, you can follow everyone or specific classmates if you like (when I post them).

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Yay for a new semester!

The 2017 Nashville Eclipse!

In class yesterday we talked about eclipses and so here’s the post about it!

The totally awesome (and very dedicated) Mr. Eclipse (i.e., The Ultimate Resource for Eclipse Photography) is a favorite of NASA so they use his diagrams on their eclipse website.

The foremost resource for the 2017 eclipse is eclipse2017.org.  The Interactive Google Map they have linked is AMAZING.  The image below is from that map.  The Wikipedia article is pretty good as well.

Path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.  Can't see totality unless within that line.

Path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Can’t see totality unless within that line.

On the map, you can zoom in and click on a location which will bring up information about time of partial eclipse start/end, totality start/end, duration of totality, and anything else you might need.  The map also has information for areas in the partial eclipse regions.

You should make plans!!

Ooo, you can also see a great map here of total solar eclipses in the US in the next 50 years!!  Make more plans!

For my 2014 class…

If you’re in my 2014 Solar System class, please put a comment here showing that you’ve found my blog and that you’re following it :)  Please include your first name and last name initial.  Note that you MUST be logged in to your own WordPress blog when commenting!

Also make sure you have bookmarked the big class blog aggregator: Astro201 – The Solar System.  From there, you can follow everyone or specific classmates if you like.

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For my 2013 class…

If you’re in my Solar System class, please put a comment here showing that you’ve found my blog and that you’re following it.  Please include your first name and last name initial – let’s not have last names :)

Also make sure you have bookmarked the big class blog aggregator: Astro201 – The Solar System.  From there, you can follow everyone or specific classmates if you like.

from http://www.hdwallpapersimages.com/welcome-2013-hd-wallpapers/

Awesome Planetary Formation Videos

Computer Model of Planetary Formation

In class on Monday, I showed a whole bunch of videos that show planetary formation – some showed certain parts better than others but they all are pretty awesome.  Just in case anyone wanted to look at them again, here they are:

  • Short, beginning of formation (from gas cloud to disk) from ESA – here
  • By NASA for the James Webb Space Telescope, uses data from computer models – here
  • Narration by Harrison Ford, I like that it has some timescale information in it, part of a larger series – here
  • From “Space with Sam Neill” Episode: “Star Stuff”, I really like how this one is done (I started it at 1:27) – here
  • If you liked the “Formation of the Moon” video from the end of class (it does happen to be one of my favorites despite the speeding up of some events that they did), it is here

 

Below is an image of the Orion Nebula (we can see it during our observations this semester ;) ) from the Hubble Space Telescope showing some of the protoplanetary disks that have been found in this nebula.  Look!!!  New baby planetary systems! :)

Click to go to the Astronomy Picture of the Day website for this image.

"Proplyds" (protoplanetary disks) in the Orion Nebula

Solar System Graphs

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For my class…

If you’re in my Solar System class, please put a comment here showing that you’ve found my blog and that you’re following it.  Just post your FIRST name (and your last name initial if you’re Ian or David ;) ).