Aaron J. Powner, M.Ed.
High School Science Teacher

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Online PDF Textbook
DOK Grading Scale
Planetarium / Virtual Telescope Software: Stellarium (Free)
Alison Free Astronomy Course
Crash Course Astronomy
iLecture Online Astronomy 101
Template for Lab Reports





Jan 23 Welcome / Introduction

Astronomy Syllabus / Disclosure (Sign and Return Last Page)

Video: Uluru Experience - Wonder at the Night Sky

Video: Solar Analemma

Video: Solar Shadow Time Lapse

Video: Phases of the Moon

Tour of Textbook Contents

Jan 25 Lab Safety

Safety Contract - Sign and Return *** Required ***
Safety Quiz - Must Pass with 80% or Better

Jan 30 - Feb 2

Ch 1: Here and Now
Chapter 1 Pretest (Does Not Count Against Grade)

Where are we? When are we? Why are we?
How have these questions affected world views?
The need for new ways to measure distance and sizes of things
Video: Powers of Ten
Vocab: astro, nomia, ology, terra, sol, luna, rotate, revolve (aka orbit), nebula, star, planet, dwarf planet, debris (planetoid, planetesimal, asteroid, comets)

Assignment: Astronomy-Related Current Event Report

Feb 6 - 9

Navigating the Night Sky - Celestial Sphere

Current Event Video: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Vehicle Launch

Ch 2: User's Guide to the Sky

Naming of stars and constellation
Brightness of stars
Apparent daily and annual motions
What causes seasons to change?
Astronomical cycles affect Earth's climate

Future Topics

Ch 3: Moon Phases and Eclipses

Why does the Moon go through phases?
What causes a lunar eclipse?
What causes a solar eclipse?
How can eclipses be predicted?

Ch 4: Origins of Modern Astronomy

How did classical philosophers describe Earth's place in the Universe?
How did Copernicus revise those ancient ideas?
How did Kepler discover the laws of planetary motion?
How did Galileo's observations support the Copernican model?

Ch 5: Gravity

How does gravity explain orbital motion?
How does gravity explain tides?
What were Einstein's insights about motion and gravity?

Ch 6: Ligt and Telescopes

Ch 7: Atoms and Spectra

Ch 8: The Sun

Ch 9: The Family of Stars

Ch 10: Interstellar Medium

Ch 11: Formation and Structure of Stars

Ch 12: Stellar Evolution

Ch 13: The Deaths of Stars

Ch 14: Neutron Stars and Black Holes

Ch 15: Milky Way Galaxy

Ch 16: Galaxies

Ch 17: Active Galaxies and Supermassive Black Holes

Ch 18: Modern Cosmology

Ch 19: Origin of the Solar System and Extrasolar Planets