Elementary Astronomy Laboratory Activities

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These activities for an Elementary Astronomy Lab are used in classes on campus at the University of Louisville. The current course requirements and schedule are in the class syllabus. Click the links below for more information on each acctivity where available. Most of them also have similar versions for labs that are offered on-line as part of our Distance Education program.

Watch the Sky (Planetarium)

Identify Constellations (Planetarium)

Night Sky Using Stellarium (alternative to the Planetarium)

The Earth Rotates

Explore the solar system using 3-D visualization (new in Spring 2013)

Our Dynamic Sun

Light and Telescopes

Experiment with CCD Camera Images

Use a CCD Camera


Use a Remote Telescope: Requests and Results

Explore Mars

Observe Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn

Follow Proxima Centauri

Variable Stars in Messier 3

Survey Galaxies in Virgo using 3-D visualization

Measure a Nearby Supernova

Track Cosmic Rays in a Cloud Chamber