Tohono O’odham Community College: Ast102L
Stars & Galaxies Class Page, Fall 2006

Welcome to the astronomy class webpage. Here is where you will find links to projects and other web sites that we are using in class. Follow the red star (*) for the week’s class.

This page will be updated frequently!

Text: Voyages to the Stars and Galaxies, Fraknoi, Morrison, Wolff, available in the TOCC bookstore. The link takes you to on-line resources, a chapter quiz to test yourself, and links to related material.

Week 1: Aug 21

Monday: Introductions, outline of the class, make a sun clock

Introduction to motions in the sky

One of my favorite sites: the astronomy Picture of the day

Wed: Reading: Prologue, p. 1-17

Observing and motions in the sky

Sunset point project: Star wheel and explanation

An Interesting web page on scale of the universe

But I’d like you to try scientific notation here.

Week 2: Aug 28

Monday: Reading: Ch 1, Observing the Sky, sect 1.1 (includes 1.1.1 through 1.1.5)

Wed: Reading Ch 1, sect 1.2, 1.4,

Another web page on the sky

Week 3: Sept 6

Monday: Labor day, no class

Wed: Reading Ch 2 Orbits and gravity, sect 2.1 – 2.4 Class: Solar system collaboratory exercise

This web site is for your lab assignment on planetary orbits, due Sept. 11

Week 4: Sept 11

Monday: Reading Ch 3, sect 3.1, 3.2, 3.4

This website on the seasons may help you with the concepts from today, and this Lunar phase animation is what you will use for the lab for this week.


Week 5: Sept 18,

Monday: Kitt Peak tour/ option for night program


Week 6: Sept 25, 27

Monday: Reading Ch 8: Analyzing Starlight, 8.1, 8.3 Here is the website I used in class to demonstrate temperatures of stars

A neat website on the IR, with more images.

Wed: first test, introduction to stars

Week 7 : Oct 2, 4

Monday: rescheduled Kitt Peak trip, 2:30 - 5:00 PM if we can get a driver!

Wed: St. Francis day, college closed

Week 8: Oct 9, 11

Monday: A nice website demonstrating parallax can be found here.

And to see more star clusters, look at this site which contains star clusters that light up the gas between the stars.

Week 9: Oct 16, 18


* Week 10: Oct 23, 25



Friday Oct 27: planned trip to Kitt Peak for evening program, 4 PM to 10 PM

Week 11: Oct 30, Nov 1


Week 12: Nov 6, 8


Week 13: Nov 13, 15



Week 14: Nov 20, 22


Week 15: Nov 27, 29



Week 16: Dec 4, 6

Monday: second test

Wed: final project presentations