Other Astronomy Activities

The list of all activities that aren't currently or recently in use is in the table below.

You might also want to see the table of current and recently used activities or the table of activities under development.

Activity Title
(In alphabetical order. Explorer and Observing Series at bottom)

Downloads

The Age of the Universe
The Analemma and Time (Planetarium)
The Celestial Sphere
Note: There are several versions. Check with your instructor if you don't know which version you need.
Comets -- Make Your Own old (html) versions
Constellation Activities (planetarium or outdoors)
Coordinate Systems (planetarium, observatory, classroom or computer)
You will need the introduction no matter which version you are doing. Check with your GSI for which other parts you will need.
The Crab Nebula
Craters
Note: There are two versions of this lab, a long one for lab sections and a shorter one for discussion sections. The lab version has two separate links. The discussion version only one link. Be sure to download the correct version and get all of the appropriate pieces. Ask your instructor for clarification if needed.
Discovery of Extrasolar Planets
Evolutionary Biology Scavenger Hunt at the U-M Museum of Natural History
Extra-solar Planets
Finding Exoplanets: a simulation (computer)
Finding the Center of the Milky Way From Globular Clusters
Finding the Milky Way with the Brightest Stars (planetarium)
You will need the star chart for both versions. You may also need the list of constellations if you don't have a list that includes the abbreviations in your book.
Galactic Star Clusters
Note: There are two versions of this lab: Data on paper and data on computer. Be sure to download the correct version of the introduction, as per your instructor. The worksheets and graphs are the same for both versions of the lab.
Galaxy Classification
Note the checklist and Table 2 should be printed "Landscape" This is usually under "page setup" under the File menu
Geologic Age
You will need the intro. Check with your GSI for the other parts. The 6 images for the relative dating part are easier to view online and are linked within the activity
Geologic Features of Mars
H-R diagram
Note: single sided printing is recommended for the worksheet
Kepler Exoplanets
Lunar Features
Martian Surface Features
Note: There are three versions of this lab, a long one for lab sections with 4 parts, a shorter one for discussion sections, and a discussion version using Google Earth. Ask your instructor for clarification if needed.
The Milky Way Disk (planetarium)
Moons of Jupiter

Motions in the sky (planetarium)

Motions of the planets (planetarium)
Natural Selection
Nebulae in Cygnus
Optics (Telescopes)
Parallax
You will need the map for both versions.
Phases of the Moon
Phases of Venus
Reading Star Charts (planetarium)
Retrograde Motion of Venus (planetarium)
Rotation of Spiral Galaxies (Tully-Fisher Relation)
Seasons (planetarium, computer)

You will need one of the introductions, and one of the worksheets.

Size of the Solar System

If you are doing an outside version, you also need to get the Map

Searching for Life on Mars
Solar Observing (observatory)
Spectral Classification and The Pleiades
Note there are 3 versions: one using Luminosity and flux, one using magnitudes and one for discussion sections. Ask your instructor for clarification if needed.
Spectroscopy
Note: There are two versions of this lab, a long one for lab sections and a shorter one for discussion sections. Be sure to download the correct version. Ask your instructor for clarification if needed.
Starry Night (computer)
Stellar Evolution
Stellar Populations and the Milky Way Halo (planetarium)
Structure of the Milky Way Disk
Timekeeping and Telescopes at the Detroit Observatory (observatory)
Radio Telescope Observations
Note: These are the documents for the first generation SRT. This is a users manual with observing exercises in PDF format.
The Explorer Series (WWW)
  • Explore Astronomy 
  • Explore Telescopes 
  • Explore Planetary Missions 
Observing Series
  • Constellation Observing Outdoors
  • Radio Telescope Observations
    Note: This is a users manual with observing exercises in PDF format.
  • Using a Telescope