On-Campus Astronomy Lab 108 Observation Request
Physics and Astronomy 108 Request for Data from Our Telescopes
What is your name?
Please use your full name as it would be on our class roll so that we can identify you.
Which lab section are you in?
Please select the section you are enrolled in. We need this to let your assistant know about your request so that the data will be available for you in your lab class.
108-01 Tuesday at 10
108-02 Wednesday at 10
108-03 Thursday at 10
108-04 Tuesday at 2
108-06 Wednesday at 12
108-75 Tuesday at 7
What are you interested in finding out by using a telescope to provide data?
Select one or more of the following suggestions, or add one one your own. These are provided to help you imagine what may be possible, and to help us provide appropriate data for you. We invite other ideas too.
Where is this crater I have asked about on the Moon's surface?
How far across and how deep is this crater on the Moon?
What is the smallest crater on the Moon I can identify?
How does the appearance of the Moon change with its different phases?
What do lunar craters look like near the poles of the Moon?
Does sunlight reach the bottom of this lunar crater? Could it have ice in it?
How a planet would appear through a telescope?
Does this planet show phases like the Moon?
Are their features on this planet or its atmosphere I can see in a telescope
How fast does this planet rotate?
Does this planet have satellites?
How long does it take for this satellite to orbit the planet?
Does this comet have a tail?
Is this asteroid already known, and if so, what is its orbit?
Is this asteroid a near-Earth object?
How quickly does this comet move and change, and where will it be next month?
What is the faintest star I can see with a telescope?
What does this star look like on an image of the sky?
Can I see two or more stars orbiting around one another?
Is this star always in the same place in the sky?
How far away is this star?
Does this star vary in brightness?
Does this star have a planet?
How many stars are in this star cluster?
Do stars in this cluster have different colors and brightnesses?
How far away is this star cluster?
How large is this star cluster?
What are the ages of the stars in this cluster?
Is this an "open" star cluster that is part of the Milky Way's disk?
Is this a "globular" star cluster that is as old as the galaxy?
Is this "nebula" made of gas, dust, or stars?
If the nebula is made of gas or dust, where does the light we detect come from?
Is this nebula where stars are born, or is it a remnant of a dead or dying star?
How far away is this nebula?
How large is this nebula?
How large is this galaxy?
Is there a supernova in this galaxy?
Can I see the individual stars in this galaxy?
Would I be able to see the Sun if it were in this galaxy?
Is this galaxy a member of a cluster or group of galaxies?
How distant is this galaxy or its group?
What object would you like to see data on?
In order to assist you, we need a specific choice. If it is a planet, simply name it here. If it is a star, give an identification that we can use to locate it for you. Other objects use a common name, an "NGC" catalog name, or some other identifier that is unique. If you can find the object in Google with this name, that should work for us.
This object is observable
An object with positive declination on the celestial sphere is above the celestial equator and most easily observed from a site north of Earth's equator. If its declination is negative, then it is best seen from the south. Objects near the equator may be seen from either hemisphere. Check the astronomical coordinates of the object you want to observe and from those decide where you have to be to see it.
Only from the northern hemisphere
Only from the southern hemisphere
From both hemispheres
I do not know how to tell
This object is in the
If it is now behind the Sun we cannot see it this semester. We may be able to provide data from our archive however. If in doubt, try using Stellariium to tell whether it is in the evening sky now.
Evening sky after sunset.
Morning sky before sunrise.
Observable all night.
Not currently observable.
I have asked my lab assistant too and we cannot figure it out.
I would prefer data that
Color images may answer your general questions and are very good at telling you about the differences between stars and fine features on planets. If you want to measure a position or a magnitude quantitatively, you will need scientific image data. We will provide tools to work with those data, or you can do it yourself on your own computer. Tables may be useful if there is a lot of data or it is too difficult for you to measure yourself. In that case, we will help guide how to use the data. If there is something else or you need more information, select other ...
Is a color image I can think about without needing software or special tools.
Is a scientific "FITS" image I can measure and study carefully.
Is a table of data providing information I can interpret and analyze.
If possible, which telescope would you like data from?
This is optional, and would help us decide what to offer if there are different possibilities.
Our 0.5 meter telescope in Kentucky (our most accessible telescope for the northern sky)
Our 0.6 meter telescope in Arizona (good for very faint objects in the northern sky)
Our 0.5 meter telescope in Australia (southern sky)
Our wide field color cameras (constellations and comets, maybe bright asteroids)
Selected data from the Hubble Space telescope or other space-resource (can complement our own telescope data)
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