The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority provides Night Sky Education at the Mill of Kintail. Pat Browne, a member of the Night Sky Conservation Team has put together a series of 5 lectures for publication.
In these lectures from our Solar System to distant Quasars in ‘look-back time’… with plenty of observing exercises along the way….
You can download this Fall Lecture series by clicking on the links as well as Observing Exercises. These exercises show you how to find the object by using the techniques we learn about in the sessions. The exercises are geared for Fall Observing.
- Planning your observations
- Finding your celestial target using the star-hopping technique.
- Recording your observations
- Using guides before during and after the observation
Lecture 1 Materials
Here is lecture 1 Download AstrocourseFallLecture1
Here is the comet movie http://millstone.typepad.com/files/garad2-2.avi
Here is the link to a year on earth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhqzW97_47w&feature=relmfu
Here is a short segment on how to orient yourself in the celestial sphere: Download EquatorialCoords
Here is the DarkSky Campus video for the Night Sky Education in lecture 1 Download Dark Sky Campus
Lecture 2 Materials
Here is lecture 2: Download AstrocourseFall2012lec2
Here is a lecture on the Moon and First Quarter Lunar Observations:
Here are the 2 videos on the moon courtesy Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:
Here are some sample Lunar Exercises
Lecture 3 Materials
Here is lecture 3 Download AstroCourseFallLecture3
Here is a link to the Astronomy Resource page:Night Sky Resource Material
Here are the course notes and 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.
Lecture 4 Materials
Here are 2 videos explaining the first two rungs of the distance ladder:
Lecture 5 Materials
Here are the course notes for Lecture 5
To answer the question, can the southernmost point of Canada see the LMC…? See what objects are visible based on our geographical latitude
Observing Nebulae Clusters ObservingNebulaeClusters
Observing Galaxies Download ObservingGalaxies
Public Astronomy Education:
For those of you who would like to know how to check and respond to popular mis-conceptions regarding astronomy, you have an advocate…
Dr. Phil Plait, a public educator on the topic of astronomy has created a virtual encyclopedia of astronomical errors, and is one of the most popular science blogs on the web, with thousands of fans eagerly reading it every day.