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Student Learning Outcomes

Course Name: Astronomical Observing Laboratory
Course Number: ASTR 5L
Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to compare telescopes to determine which would be the best instrument for a given observation.
  • Students will be able to apply three coordinate systems (terrestrial, equatorial, and alt-azimuth) to globes, maps, atlases and the planetarium.
  • Students will be able to classify spectra of main-sequence stars from an objective prism spectrogram, using key reference spectra.
  • Students will be able to identify winter and summer constellations and the brightest stars in each by name.
  • Students will be able to plot planetary, lunar and/or solar motions on a graph, utilizing appropriate tables of positions, and interpreting the objects' apparent motions on the celestial sphere
  • Students will be able to interpret star atlases, maps, catalogs and planispheres.
  • Students will be able to identify parts of equatorial-mount refracting and reflecting telescopes.