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

Dustin Swarm
Zoe Bellis

 

Lab Schedule - SPRING 2022

Week of Lab
17 Jan – 21 Jan No Lab – First Week of Classes
24 Jan – 28 Jan Introduction to Active Learning
31 Jan – 4 Feb Exploring the Sky
7 Feb – 11 Feb Spectroscopy
14 Feb – 18 Feb Introduction to the Iowa Robotic Observatory 
21 Feb – 25 Feb Angular Size and Image Analysis
28 Feb – 4 Mar Martian Landscapes 
7 Mar – 11 Mar Lunar Observations/Earth's Changing Climate
14 Mar – 18 Mar No Lab – Spring Break Week
21 Mar – 25 Mar Mass of Jupiter
28 Mar – 1 Apr Project Workday (project information here, worksheet here)
4 Apr – 8 Apr Lunar Observations/Earth's Changing Climate
11 Apr – 15 Apr Exoplanets I
18 Apr – 22 Apr Solar Observations
25 Apr – 29 Apr Exoplanets II
2 May – 6 May Project Presentations, Projects Due (project information here)
9 May – 13 May No Lab – Exam Week