Okay guys, let's try this again..lol. Please do the survey and we'll get this ball rolling. I'm going to set a schedule that we should all be able to follow. Sunday's we will have our first assignment for points, and Wednesday's we will have another assignment that will be a follow-up with an extra credit portion attached. Please note the grading scale on the Class Rules Section and let's get started!Survey time!Name:House:E-Mail Address:Current status (prefect, HoH, etc):What do you hope to learn from this class?:How active do you hope to be?Anything else?:Let's do this!
Okay, so after an extremely anti-climactic ending to last term with a promised final exam that never came because I got slammed with GI Joe work, hopefully we'll make this a better term in terms of organization.Anyway! Fill out this servey and once that's done I'll be posting this terms course outline which I hope and prey I'll be able to follow very closely. Plus, this term we will be working from a text book that I have created (albeit I've lost the web address for it so that's awesome) so it'll be easier to keep the class going on time.Survey Time!Name:House:E-Mail Address:Current status (prefect, HoH, etc):What do you hope to learn from this class?:How active do you hope to be?Anything else?:Let's roll! Two weeks will be our first assignment!-BryanAstronomy Professor
I know that it's a little early to be looking to next term, but I saw something that Stenie used that made my throat tickle. She is writing an online book for her class to use and I thought that that was the greatest idea I had ever seen, so next term we will be using an online book as well! I hope that it turns out okay, but I think that it will help this class be more organized...so thank you Stenie!-BryanAstronomy Professor
Welcome all my future astronomers! This is Astronomy class back from the dead. My girlfriend (
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Hello all! Just a friendly reminder that last week's assignment on nebulae will be due by 11:55 tonight (eastern standard time). I'm sure that some of you who haven't done it could get it done in five hours or so. =D
Quite a bit of people have turned in the extra credit assignment, but if you haven't yet you still have until Tuesday night to complete it. I hope to see some more entries before the due dates!
Hey there guys! Just a little friendly reminder that you have until 11:55 PM ET tonight to turn in the solar system assignment. I've only had two people turn it in so far and I'd really like to see more participation. It doesn't take as long as it looks, I promise. =D
Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of modern astronomy was the "Great Pluto War". Astronomers had been looking for "Planet X" for decades before Clyde W. Tombaugh finally discovered Pluto in 1930, and until this decade, textbooks and other references listed Pluto correctly as the ninth planet in our solar system. Pluto's planethood status has been the subject of much controversy since 1992, when the first Kupier Belt was discovered. Finally in 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) created an official definition for the term "planet", which Pluto failed to completely meet. In August 2006, Pluto was demoted from a planet to one of the forty-plus dwarf planets in our solar system.
For an extra 50 points, draft a timeline of Pluto's "life" in the solar system, from the time of its discovery to its demotion. Include any information you deem necessary. The only requirement is that you include the IAU's redefinition of a planet which reduced the number of planets in our solar system. There is no standard for how much information you include in your timeline. Instead, I will grade all submissions based off the one which I deem to be the most thorough and the most accurate. Each entry is guaranteed 30 points, but you can earn at least 50. Be creative! I am leaving the assignment vague so that you may come up with your own methods. Maximum Points: 50 Minimum Points: 30 This extra credit assignment will be due on Wednesday, July 4, 11:55 PM ET. PLEASE CITE YOUR SOURCES!! Happy hunting!
I've received word from two people that my latest assignment, "Our Solar System", had a posted due date of June 22. To any of you who were pulling your hair out by the roots trying to figure out how you were going to submit that assignment in less than twelve hours, my sincerest apologies. When I posted that assignment I was going on two hours of sleep and had no desire to proofread for stupid mistakes. The orginally intended due date was Friday, June 29, 11:55 PM ET. So if there are some participants who believe they have missed the due date, you still have until Friday to turn it in. The due date will be changed on the actual post momentarily.Again, terribly sorry for the confusion! =X
Hey guys! Just a friendly reminder that our matching assignment is due in a little over twelve hours. Remember, I'll deduct 10 percent for every week it's turned in late. I should be posting a new assignment in about an hour or so, and there will be an extra credit assignment posted around Wednesday of next week. For those of you who returned to the class this term, this next assignment will be a refreshing break from the constellations you're used to working with. =D
Constellations were first recognized by the Greeks. It is argued that constellations were used as a method of direction during long travels, as during that time star maps were an effective means of following specific bearings. There are a total of 88 constellations in the night sky, although they can never be collectively seen at one time. 28 constellations lie between the North Celestial Pole and the ecliptic (the "path" traced by the sun as it is orbited by Earth); 47 constellations lie between the South Celestial Pole and the ecliptic; 12 constellations lie on the ecliptic itself. One constellation, Ophiuchus, lies on both the ecliptic and in the North Celestial Sky. The 12 ecliptic constellations make up the Zodiac, which is used in astrology.