The Night Sky at the Mill of Kintail – Archive Spring 2012 course notes now available

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Here is the archive of the course that we did in the Spring 2012 at the Mill of Kintail Conservation area.

Here is lecture 1 Download astrocoursespring2012lec1-1-5

Here is the comet movie garad2-2

Here is the link to a year on earth     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhqzW97_47w&feature=relmfu
Here is lecture 2 –     astrocoursespring2012lec2-6

Here is a short segment on how to orient yourself in the celestial sphere:equatorialcoords

Here is lecture 3       astrocoursespring2012lec3-4
Open Clusters exercise for lecture 3 observingopenclusters-2-2-1

Here is an observing exercise for some of the globular clusters we looked at: observingglobularclusters
Here is the video for the Night Sky Education in lecture 3 Download  Dark Sky Campus

Here are the observational exercises for the second half of the course which includes Star clouds and nebulae in the Milky Way, and galaxies beyond our Milky Way galaxy.

Observing Nebulae Clusters    observingopenclusters-2-2-1

For more detail on the M42 Great Orion Nebula download this movie:
Download Orion Nebula Visualization        http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/OrionAnim.html which goes with the text in observingnebulaeclusters-1

For those of you who are being asked about 2012 doomsday predictions, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific newsletter has produced a well-written science-based approach to debunking several of these myths. Teachers in the classroom should find this resource very handy. This is the Spring 2012  Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s educational newsletter “The Universe in the Classroom”.

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/79/79.html

Here is lecture 4 astrocoursespring2012lec4

Here is the Transit of Venus Download transit-of-venus-2

Here is Lecture 5 Download astrocoursespring2012lec5-1-1