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					                                  Clear Sky Patrol Observing List
                                              FAll 2008
                                        Prof. Bryce 029:050

                 Name: ____________________________________________

                 Section: ___________________________________________

This extra credit exercise can be completed by any student in either section (with or without
lab) of Stars, Galaxies and the Universe. You will need to attend Clear Sky Patrol (CSP) on the
roof of Van Allen Hall. CSP meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during
the regular semester. At the beginning of the semester CSP will meet at 9pm and last until
11pm. The starting and ending times will become progressively earlier throughout the
semester; the changing times will be announced in class. CSP requires clear and precipitation
free evenings with a temperature above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. You should check the CSP
status website given below in the afternoon and about 30 minutes before CSP is due to

Please note you should look for the green word “Scheduled” for Clear Sky Patrol (the Rigel
Telescope is in Arizona not on the roof of Van Allen Hall).

Students should assemble on the 7th floor of Van Allen Hall at the Eastern-most elevator just
before the CSP start. Students will then be accompanied to the roof.

Please bear in mind that this exercise is weather dependant and it is in no way guaranteed that
you will be able to observe any objects on any given night. You should also consider the
weather when dressing for this outdoor activity.

You will be given a tour of the sky and the TA’s will assist you in initially locating objects but
you should be able to confidently locate the listed objects by the end of the exercise.

Star Charts:
Students can find various resources to help them familiarize themselves with the night skies

      The CD-ROM supplied with your textbook allows you to explore the sky electronically
      The interactive star charts available at
      Students may find the purchase of an inexpensive (~$8) planisphere from a bookstore
       or online retailer helpful

There are three different point systems based on how many objects you observe and when
you complete these observations. You will not be able to observe certain groups of objects
after certain dates. There are three different levels of extra credit you can receive; the break
down is listed below.
                       Amount of        Group A    Group B    Group C
                       Extra Credit
                       3%                  8          8             8
                       2%                             8             8
                       1%                                           8

As mentioned, you will be unable to observe certain groups of objects after certain dates. The
cutoff dates are listed below. This means, for example, that after the group A date has
passed, you will only be able to observe objects from group B and C. Therefore, you will only
receive a maximum of 2% extra credit. At the end of the semester, it is only possible to
observe group C objects, and you can only receive 1% extra credit.

                                      Cut off Date
                         Group A      October 1st
                         Group B      November 19th
                         Group C      Open all

There are three major categories of objects: constellations, stars/planets and telescope
objects. To gain a completed observation of constellations and stars/planets, you must
demonstrate that you correctly know where in the sky the object is located. To gain a
complete observation with telescope objects, you must simply look through the telescope when
the object is in view. The TAs must then initial your paper!

GROUP A (observe 8)

Name              Object Type           Observed      TA Initials        Date
Lyra              Constellation
Perseus           Constellation
Bootes            Constellation
Cygnus            Constellation
Aquilla           Constellation
Arcturus          Star
Altair            Star
Algol             Star
Antares           Star
Jupiter           Planet
Jupiter’s Moons   Telescope
M13               Telescope
GROUP B (observe 8)

Name               Object Type          Observed        TA Initials         Date
Hercules           Constellation
Pegasus            Constellation
Delphinus          Constellation
Auriga             Constellation
Caph               Star
Alpheratz          Star
Mirach             Star
Deneb              Star
Uranus             Telescope
Dumbbell Nebula    Telescope
M31                Telescope
M57                Telescope

GROUP C (observe 8)

     Name         Object Type           Observed        TA Initials         Date
Ursa Major       Constellation
Ursa Minor       Constellation
Cassiopeia       Constellation
Cepheus          Constellation
Draco            Constellation
Polaris          Star
Capella          Star
Vega             Star
Lunar Craters    Telescope
Lunar Maria      Telescope
Lunar terminator Telescope

Special situations:

If you will be unable to complete this exercise (for example due to disability, evening classes)
please contact your instructor, Dr Bryce, so that we can make suitable accommodations for
your situation

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