Astronomy Projects


  1. How to use Stellarium and other astronomy apps
    1. ***STELLARIUM www.stellarium.org. - for simulating the night sky, virtual experiments, observation planning and identification. Can be used to drive a digital planetarium.
    2. ***ACTIVITY (moderate) : INVESTIGATING AZIMUTH OF THE SUN FOR A YEAR (requires Stellarium)
    3. ACTIVITY: PLOTTING THE ORBIT OF MARS USING SIMULATED OBSERVATIONS (advanced)
    4. CELESTIA https://celestia.space/ - for simulating the solar system from space
    5. SKYVIEW LITE https://apps.apple.com/us/app/skyview-lite/id413936865  - for identification of stars and constellations while observing
    6. ASTRO IMAGE J https://www.astro.louisville.edu/software/astroimagej/. - for manipulating digital images and measuring images with photometry and more
    7. Anything you use regularly not on this list?
  2. How to build a classroom planetarium 
    1. ***ACTIVITY (easy): A QUICK AND EASY 1 FREQUENCY PLANETARIUM DOME (requires scissors, tape/stapler, something round to trace)
    2. BUILD A 2F DOME (challenging): http://www.cccoe.net/stars 
    3. MAKE A PROJECTOR (advanced): http://paulbourke.net/dome/faq/
    4. BUY A PROJECTOR Projectors: https://amzn.to/3tpkwy5
    5. SO NOW YOU HAVE A PLANETARIUM…What do you do with it?
  3. Survey of astronomical resources 
    1.  AstronomyTeacher.com maintains a list of education resources from around the country.  The link to the resource page is http://astronomyteacher.com/astronomyteachercom/astronomy-education-resourc.html, or go to astronomyteacher.com and choose education resources from the menu at the top.
  4. Galaxies and the Big Bang 
    1. ***ACTIVITY (advanced) - MEASURING THE AGE OF THE UNIVERSE
    2. Galaxy Zoo online activity (easy):  https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zookeeper/galaxy-zoo/classify
  5. Black Holes 
    1. ACTIVITY (Easy) :  MAKING A TASTY AGN
  6. A Bunch of activities real quick
    1. Sundial kit
      1. ACTIVITY (moderate) : SUNDIAL KIT
    2. Exoplanets
      1. ACTIVITY (moderate) : EXOPLANET GRAPH
      2. Exoplanet simulation with sensors
    3. HR diagrams
      1. ***ACTIVITY (easy) : JEWEL BOX CLUSTER (print out on a color printer)
    4. How to observe the solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024
    5. ACTIVITY (moderate): Ellipse Lab
    6. ACTIVITY (moderate): Moon Phase Diagram with labels and a Powerpoint and Keynote
    7. ACTIVITY (advanced): Astrolabes
    8. ACTIVITY (easy): Uncle Al’s Planisphere


Brown Dwarf Project

This section is a download site for materials used in the WISE Brown Dwarf Activity workshop. 

Channel1.fits

Channel2.fits

Channel4.fits


This is the handout- a work in progress ;)

Brown Dwarf-version8.pdf


Links

Image J 1.42 was downloaded from: 

http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/download.html 

The -64 version was removed as unneeded.   


Astronomy Plugins downloaded from: 

http://www.astro.physik.uni-goettingen.de/~hessman/ImageJ/ 

and installed manually into the Plugins and Macros folders as instructed. 


APT is available from this address: 

http://spider.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/laher/apt/


This includes the Astro-Dome, various links to papers I’ve written, etc.  

 
© Jeff Adkins 2014