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 mentored versions for labs that are offered on-line as part of our Distance Education program.

Identify Constellations

About the Video Room

Watch the Sky (Planetarium -- Week of October 29, 30, 31)

Under Namibian Skies (immersive visualization)

Night Sky Tonight Using Stellarium (immersive visualization)

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

Survey Galaxies in Virgo (immersive visualization

The Earth Rotates

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

Brightnesses and colors of stars in Messier 34

Variable Stars in Messier 3

Measure a Nearby Supernova

Track Cosmic Rays in a Cloud Chamber