Worth 30 points -- Due Monday, July 1st 2002
A critical part of the scientific process is making your own observations. From observations one must then draw appropriate conclusions and report their results. To help you gain an appreciation for this you can observe the Moon as a good example.
Choose a location where you will have an un-obstructed view of the sky (roof of a tall building, peak of a hill or mountain, or a large clearing). The roof of Campbell Hall is a good spot for this lab. The building will be locked after 6PM, but on nights that there are star parties you will be able to get in. Wherever you choose, always make your observations from the same location.
Choose a time from which to observe from this location. You should observe the Moon at this time for 2 weeks or until it is no longer visible at that time. Then you may alter your observing time appropriately. You should continue to observe the Moon throughout one complete cycle of phases. Given the brevity of this course you should decide early if you are going to do this lab and begin your observations on or before Sunday, June 2nd. A good time to start looking in this time frame would be sunrise (or a few hours after). Around the date of June 10th you might want to try observing around both sunrise and sunset for a couple of days to see which will be better for the next two weeks. You should observe every-other day/night if you can, and daily would be even better.
You should record the following things for each observation:
On or about June 30th you should wrap up your observations of the Moon. At this point make a prediction as to where the Moon will be and what phase it will be in at the conclusion of class (12:00 PM noon) on Tuesday, July 2nd. Write the prediction down. At the conclusion of class we'll all step outside to see if your predictions were accurate.
Beside the observation notebook you should also turn in a discussion of your results. In your discussion, you should answer the following questions:
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