This course is a survey of the solar system: physical properties of the planets, comets, and asteroids; origin of the solar system; search for extrasolar planetary systems; search for life in the universe; current results of recent planetary space missions; night sky observation.

Teaching Assistants

Brandon Bergerud
Joshua Steffen

 

Lab Schedule - Fall 2021

Week of Lab
23 Aug – 27 Aug No Lab – First Week of Classes
30 Aug – 3 Sep Introduction to Active Learning
6 Sep – 10 Sep No Lab – Labor Day Week
13 Sep – 17 Sep Exploring the Sky I
20 Sep – 24 Sep Spectroscopy
27 Sep – 1 Oct Exploring the Sky II
4 Oct – 8 Oct Observing with the VAO 
11 Oct – 15 Oct Observing the Moon 
18 Oct – 22 Oct Image Analysis I 
25 Oct – 29 Oct Earth's Changing Climate
1 Nov – 5 Nov Mass of Jupiter (Jupiter and Saturn Observations)
8 Nov – 12 Nov Image Analysis II
15 Nov – 19 Nov Project Workday
22 Nov – 26 Nov No Lab – Thanksgiving Week
29 Nov – 3 Dec Introduction to the Iowa Robotic Observatory 
6 Dec – 10 Dec Project Presentations, Projects Due
13 Dec – 17 Dec No Lab – Exam Week