Astronomy 1L (Lab Class) Information
2012 Venus/Jupiter Project
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     All observations for this project should have been completed a week or two ago, and you have until April 30 (for the Monday class) or May 1 (for the Tuesday class) to complete it. In addition, as discussed below, all you have to do for the report is collect and summarize your observations, so it should be easy for you to turn it in on time.
     To turn in a report, collect all your observations of the position of Venus and Jupiter relative to each other and any nearby stars in chronological order, with your name and the date of the observation on every page, and with each page numbered as 1 out of so many, 2 out of so many, 3 out of so many and so on, where "so many" is the total number of pages of observations. All these pages and a "cover" page should be stapled or paper-clipped together, so that they should stay together; but the names, dates, and numbering should ensure that if the pages somehow become separated I can properly reassemble them prior to assigning a grade.
     The "cover" page should also have your name on it, and a map covering the entire page, based on one of the maps in chapter 3 that shows the stars and constellations near the Ecliptic (the path of the Sun, and the approximate path of the Moon) from Pisces, Aries and Taurus in the West, through Auriga, Gemini and Orion in the Northwest and Southwest (in other words, all the constellations anywhere near the two planets during the month or two you observed them). On that cover page you should indicate the position of Venus and Jupiter on every single day you observed them, using the position shown on the date of your original observation. If it becomes obvious to you that some of your original observations are "off", do not correct them in plotting their position on the cover page. I want the cover page to show what your original observations recorded, not what the actual motion of the planets was like. For Jupiter the motion is small and your observations may be more like a scatter plot than a "regular" motion; but for Venus there is a substantial amount of motion, so although there may be areas where your observations aren't terrific, the overall motion of Venus relative to the background stars (and Jupiter) should be fairly obvious.
     For this project, the original observations and the summary ("cover") page are all that you have to turn in. So once you have done them as stated above you can turn in the report (though no later than the due dates, without risking a late penalty).