Solar System Formation and the Earth Evolution Essay
Choose one of the following, not all.
Option 1) Choose from the following list of topics. Use interNet research (Include your list of URLs) to write a 1200 word paper using one of the following topics. In your own words, tell me about it. Graphics are essential.
1) Astronomy in the Ancient World. 2) Astronomy in PreHistoric Times. 3) Formation of the solar system. 4) Global Warming from an astronomer’s perspective.
Option 2) Extract the appropriate ‘all sky’ chart from the set of pdfs that I have sent you. Study and sketch one of the major constellations in the night sky. Locate one of the brighter constellations, and sketch all the stars in it that are visible from a location inside the urban area of Halifax, Include all of the constellation’s area. Now travel to a dark sky location, at least 20 kilometers away from any urban light pollution, and “fatten” your sketch, using a different symbol for each of the new faint stars that you can now see. Write a mini essay (600 words or so) about light pollution. When you have your sketch finished, scan it ( or photograph it) and send it to me with your writeup. If your sending a picture make sure you save it as a jpeg and use good light to shoot it so it show’s your work properly
Option 3) Sketch a detailed map of the moon through a telescope operating at a magnification of 50 times or higher. Note: The Moon is not visible every evening – some planning is needed here! As the BGO is not available, this must be done with a telescope you own or borrow. Your sketch should show the major features visible, and some detail. Take your time, and use a soft pencil. This task is more difficult than it sounds, but the results can be quite satisfying. Include with your drawing a short (400 words) note about when, where, what instrument used the sky conditions and your “feelings” about the effort…. This can be very rewarding, but also a bit trickier than it sounds? I suspect you will never look at the moon in the same way again. When you have your sketch finished, scan it ( or photograph it) and send it to me with your writeup. If your sending a picture make sure you jpeg it and use good light to shoot it so it show’s your work properly.