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AST 1117 Lab for the Solar System

Laboratory and field activities to supplement The Solar System. Three lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Astronomy
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Describe the physical property and orbital motion of planets using qualitative observations and quantitative measurements of the heavenly bodies.
  • Determine the circumference of Earth using latitude and longitude measurements for various locations.
  • Determine and locate objects using celestial and local coordinates.
  • Determine the force of gravity between objects in the solar system. Explain tidal force with force of gravity.
  • Identify unknown elements using spectroscopy.
  • Describe the motion of observable objects in our sky.
  • Analyze the surface features and physical properties of minor bodies in the solar system.

Credit Hours: 1

Lab Hours: 3