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Unformatted text preview: AST 3722C - Spring 2008 Lab #2: Planetary Motion. Due before class on April 22. Instructions: This lab assignment is intended to take a couple months, but don’t worry, you only need to work on it on a few widely-separated nights. Note that bad weather happens, and we all have to work around it, so don’t wait until the last minute. Also note that it’s entirely possible to “cheat” on some of the questions and use software or online tools. Please resist the urge to do this. • Part A. You want to observe the motion of Mars over the course of the semester. You don’t have to do this from the Observatory, but you could. Or you could pick a similarly dark or darker location. 1. Pick a clear night soon to start this project, and call it Night #1. Find Mars in the night sky and then find where it would be on your planisphere. 2. Make a sketch of the star field around Mars based on what you see in the sky. Your sketch should be good enough so that you can figure out later on what you were looking at.sketch should be good enough so that you can figure out later on what you were looking at....
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- Spring '09
- Astronomy, Planet, angular distance Mars