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 and are being updated to match those made available to our mentored versions for labs that are offered online as part of our Distance Education program.

If you are enrolled in Physics and Astronomy 108-50, the Distance Education online class, please see your class website here. If you are in a section usually taught on campus, check your Blackboard class page for instructions.

The lab versions below have not yet been updated for Fall 2020.

Identify Constellations

About the Video Room

Watch the Sky (Planetarium session not currently offered)

Under Namibian Skies (immersive visualization)

Night Sky Tonight Using Stellarium (immersive visualization)

Use a Remote Telescope: Requests and

Analyze Request Results

Travel to Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus (immersive visualization)

Survey galaxies in the universe (immersive visualization)

Survey Galaxies in Virgo

The Earth Rotates

Our Dynamic Sun (may use the roof top solar telescope)

Light and Telescopes

Experiment with CCD Camera Images

Use a CCD Camera


Observing planets and the Moon with a telescope (live remote or with the telescope on the roof)

Explore Mars (may use immersive visualiztion)

Observe Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus

Follow Proxima Centauri

Brightnesses and colors of stars in Messier 34

Variable Stars in Messier 3

Measure a Nearby Supernova

Track Cosmic Rays in a Cloud Chamber

New Labs

The iPad and infrared camera

Stars as Black Bodies and Astronomical Filters