Astronomy 1L Field Trip Status for April 12th:

The Field Trip is On!!!


It will be clear tonight so the people at Fremont Peak have decided to go ahead with the field trip!


Make sure to bring:

* Flashlight with red cellophane

* Lab Module 7, pencil, and notepad

* Warm clothes

* $6.00 for parking

* Planisphere for fun


For the Monday afternoon lab class and Ms. Buck’s Thursday night class be there by 8:00pm…which means leave Salinas by 6:45pm.

For the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon night class, be there by 9:00pm…which means leave Salinas by 7:45pm.


Check the website for directions:


Please be respectful, drive slowly and carefully (no tailgating up the mountain), don’t litter, don’t bring alcohol, but do bring your enthusiasm for Astronomy!  See you there!


***** If you can’t make it to the field trip for the lab only, do the following assignment********  


You must do BOTH Essays I and II to earn full credit.  Be sure to write in essay format and make sure to cite your references.  Do not plagiarize!


I. Research on the internet about one major observatory around the world (can refer to lecture notes for some names of observatories). 


In your summary include:

          a) Where is the observatory located (city, state, or

             city, country)

          b) details about the location (e.g. what elevation it is at)

          c) Why is the location a good place to build an


          d) How many telescopes does the observatory have?

          e) How large is the biggest telescope at that



II.  Research on the internet about the Hubble Space Telescope.  Be sure to write in essay format.


In your summary, include:

a) Who was telescope named after and what was his major  


b) What type of telescope is it?

i) refractor or reflecting?

ii) diameter of telescope

          c) When was it launched?

          d) What major problem did it experience and how

     was the problem was fixed?

e) What kind of scientific study was it used for?

f) Why does it give us better images than telescopes

    built on Earth?