Dr. Pimol Moth
Physics/Astronomy Instructor


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Office: N5
Phone: 831-755-6893
E-mail: pmoth@hartnell.edu

Office Hours:  Tues: 2:00-3:00pm and Weds & Thurs: 9:50-10:50am




Course Documents


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Here you will find all the relevant course documents for the Astronomy lecture and laboratory classes.  In order to view the Powerpoint slides, you need to have Powerpoint on your computer, if you do not have Powerpoint, download Powerpoint Viewer to access the files.

Astronomy 1 Course Materials

Astronomy 1 Lecture Syllabus

Observing Project


PowerPoint Slides

Preview: The Cosmic Landscape Read pp 1-11

Chapter 1: The Cycles of the Sky Read pp 14-34, 65-66 (Celestial Mapping), 170

Chapter 2: The Rise of Astronomy Read pp 38-40,46-58, 80-83

Chapter 5: Telescopes Read pp 124-143

Chapter 8: Survey of Solar Systems Read pp 200-221

Chapter 6: The Earth Read pp 146-149, 151-153, 156-168

Chapter 7: The Moon Read pp 182-197

Chapter 9: The Terrestrial Planets Read pp 224-246

Chapter 10:  The Outer Planets Read pp 254- 275

Chapter 11: Pluto and Dwarf Planets Read pp 286-288

Chapter 11: Small Bodies Orbiting the Sun  Read pp 278-300

Chapter 4: Light Read pp 88-99, 103-113

Chapter 12 and 13: The Sun and the Properties of Stars

Read pp 304-309, 316-324, 328, 333-334, 340-349

Chapter 14 and 15: Stellar Evolution and Stellar Remnants

Read pp 360-371,  312-313, 372-383, 390-402

Chapter 15: Black Holes Read 403-408

Chapters 16 and 17: Galaxies Read 412-422, 435-440, 444-450, 455-476

Gravitational Lensing movie clip

Chapter 18: Cosmology Read 452-454 (Hubble’s Law), 480-485, 488-504

Astronomy 1L Course Materials

Astronomy Lab Syllabus

Laboratory Writeups

Lab Module 1: Observing Project

Lab Module 2:How to use the Planisphere

Lab Module 3: Navigating the Night Skies

Lab Module 4: Rotation, Revolution, and Precession

Lab Module 5: Angular Size

Lab Module 6: Lenses and Telescopes

Lab Module 7: Low Velocity Impact Craters

Celestia Education Activity: The Inner Solar System

Celestia Education Activity: The Outer Solar System

Lab Module 8: The Spectroscope

Lab Module 9: Classification of Stellar Spectra

Lab Module 10: Solar Rotation

Lab Module 11: Binary Stars

Lab Module 12: Classification of Galaxies

Lab Module 13: Classification of Messier Objects


Impact Craters

The Spectroscope Lab

Stellar Spectra Lab PowerPoint

Sunspot Lab PowerPoint

Binary Stars

Messier Objects PowerPoint

Messier 2

Galaxy Classification

Classification Example: Flowers

Galaxy Sample

Messier Objects

Mystery Spectra