800609 VU Astronomy in Practice

summer semester 2018 | Last update: 21.11.2018 Place course on memo list
VU Astronomy in Practice
VU 2
each semester

The students should learn the interdisciplinary character of astronomy and the importance astronomy had during human history (e.g. astronomical navigation, calendar-making). Students should work by themselves with astronomical devices and they should  get familiar with the starry night.

Students perform measurements with sextants and solarscope by themselves in order to determine the geographical lattidute. the distance of the moon and the sun, the rotation of the sun, the size of sunspots, the equation of time and the analemma. During the night the students perform measuremennt with different telescopes by themselves and gain first experience with astro-photography.

Introductory speech (powerpoint) to communicate basic knowledge. During the rest of the time the students use by themselves. Also "homeworks" will be given (measuring the moon and the sun on different days).

Rating of participation during the lecture and also rating how the "homeworks" were done.

Will be discussed in the first lesson.

Ranking of Registration: Students will be ranked according to semesters, higher ranked semesters are preferred.

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