Link to Hubble Heritage web site
Detail of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Greetings to students in ASTR1010-004 (MW 7:20-8:35 PM) from the instructor, Nancy Morrison.

This page is intended to provide a backup copy of the materials displayed in lecture and of the syllabus, announcements relevant to the class, and access to the wealth of astronomical information on the World Wide Web. It is not intended as a substitute for regular class attendance.

An optional review session for this class will be held on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 PM, in our regular classroom, MH 1005.

Latest update: Thursday, December 6, 2007 0:40


Study guide for final exam

Links to astronomy resources


Syllabus for course (PDF, 400 KB, updated 9/6/07)

About the planetarium show and the observing requirements (55KB, PDF) --- Tickets have been provided in class; see me if you still need a ticket.

Study tips for success - slightly revised 11/29/07

Schedule for Physics and Astronomy Department help desk (updated 9/13/07). The help desk is located on the second floor of McMaster Hall at the north end of the building.

About Ritter Planetarium


Homework assignments:

  1. Due Wednesday, August 29
  2. Due Wednesday, September 12
  3. Due Wednesday, September 26
  4. Due Wednesday, October 10
  5. Due Wednesday, October 24
  6. Due Wednesday, November 7
  7. Due Wednesday, December 5

Materials displayed in lecture will be placed here before each class - subject to revision - and then updated after each class. Each is a PDF file that contains links to images displayed; separate links to the web images are also provided. Most recent material is first.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Post-class version, 208 KB ... Nonuniformities in the cosmic microwave background (again) ... Time line of the universe

Monday, December 3, 2007 Post-class version, 304 KB

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Post-class version, 160 KB. This is the last few pages from the notes for Nov. 26. We covered them, then held a short review session, then Quiz 7. ... Active galactic nucleus with jet ... Artist's concept of black hole in active galactic nucleus

Monday, November 26, 2007 Post-class version, 668 KB

Monday, November 19, 2007 Post-class version, 376 KB

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - No new notes, just review and quiz

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Post-class version, 528 KB.

Monday, November 5, 2007 Post-class version, 531KB. Stars in Orion ... Larger view including Sirius ... Alpha Centauri as a triple star ... Open star cluster NGC 2266

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Post-class version, 92 KB. This is the last portion of Monday's notes, which was not covered on Monday. We covered these, then held a review session, then held Quiz 5.

Monday, October 29, 2007 Post-class version, 364 KB

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Post-class version, 1.6 MB

Monday, October 22, 2007 Post-class version, 356 KB

Venus: Jupiter:

Comparison of the four jovian planets [Scroll down to see this image.]

Galilean Satellites of Jupiter:

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Post-class version, 144KB. Class began with completion of subject matter on Mars. Then we had review, then Quiz 4. The great canyon of Mars, Valles Marineris ... The shield volcanoes of Mars ... Outflow valley systems ... Water-carved gullies

Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Post-class version, 180KB ... Steam-driven eruption of a volcano (outgassing) ... "Blue marble" picture of Earth, notice south polar cap (Antarctica) ... Full Moon with maria/highland contrast ... Impact craters near Moon's south pole ... Apollo astronaut on the Moon ... Mercury as imaged by Mariner 10 ... Scarp on Mercury ... Two views of Mars ... A Martian landscape viewed from Spirit ... Spirit prepares to study a rock ... Rover Opportunity viewed from orbit by Mars Reconaissance Orbiter

Monday, October 8, 2007 Post-class version, 244KB ... Computer simulation of the beginning of the formation of the Moon ... Primitive meteorite (Allende, 2 pictures, scroll down page) ... Artist's concept of extrasolar "hot Jupiter" ... Montage of the terrestrial planets ... The Earth from space (composite) ... Erosion ... Deposition ... Volcanic eruption ... Barringer impact crater ... Recently erupted, cooling lava ...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 Post-class version, 108 KB. This short presentation of additional material on the origin of the solar system was followed by a review session and then by Quiz 3. Artist's concepts of the solar system in formation (scroll down the page to see the particular images shown in class) ... Impact basin on Mars

Monday, October 1, 2007 Post-class version, 262 KB ... The planets to scale according to size [repeated] ... The constellation Orion ... The Orion Sword region ... Hubble Space Telescope mosaic of the Orion Nebula ... Protoplanetary disks (planetary systems in formation) in the Orion Nebula

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 Post-class version, 475KB ... Pluto and its satellite as an example of resolution ... Hubble Space Telescope image with star diffraction patterns ... Hubble Space Telescope in orbit ... Green Bank Telescope, an example of a radio telescope ... Interplanetary trajectory of Cassini, including gravity assists ... Cassini mission ... New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt ... The planets

Monday, September 24, 2007 Post-class version, 328 KB ... Image of man taken in infrared ... example of neon advertising sign ... view of summit of Kitt Peak ... Yerkes Observatory 40-inch refracting telescope ... image of Ring Nebula ... spectrum of Ring Nebula

September 17, 2007 post-class version, 676KB ... Spacewalking Gemini astronaut

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 post-class version, 247KB ... second launch of space shuttle Columbia ... launch of space shuttle Atlantis with full Moon

Monday, September 10, 2007 post-class version, 228KB ... Looping path of Venus as evening "star" ... Animation showing simultaneous retrograde motion of Jupiter and Saturn

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Class version, 228KB. Comments on the homework handed back today are included.

September 3, 2007: Labor Day; no class

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Post-class version, 219KB ... Lunar phases animation (download and play in a a movie player to play slowly) ... Solar eclipse animation (near bottom of linked page) ... Lunar eclipse (not the same picture as shown in class) ... Annular solar eclipse (ditto)

Monday, August 27, 2007: Class will be held in Ritter Planetarium with a professional planetarium presenter. No notes to distribute (take your own).

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 (360KB) ... Powers of Ten video ... Another site devoted to powers of ten and the scale of the universe ... Star trails with telescope dome ... Star trails with star party

Monday, August 20, 2007 (113KB)