Date Due - Wednesday, December 10, 1997 - 5PM
(10 Points toward the Special Assignment grade; 25 pts max for semester)
[8 pts] Observe the moon throughout the course of a month. Record your observations.
Your report should include the date, time, and description of the moon --
i.e., its phase and location in the sky. Example: 9/4/97 8pm -- Waxing
crescent observed 10 degrees above the SW horizon. A set of observations
must have at least five sightings of the moon, and one in each week of the
lunar month. The weather will not always cooperate, so make
use of any clear weather! Remember that the moon is often up during the day,
so you don't necesarily have to get up at 4am to do this project. Your thumb and
little finger subtend about 15 - 20 degrees when you open your hand at arms length
(you can calibrate this for yourself by noting that the angle from the horizon to overhead is
Try to reconcile your data with the description of lunar phases described in class. Draw a diagram for each phase observed and see if your observations agree with the theory.
[2 pts] Look for Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and describe where you see them and what they look like.
You may submit this assignment as either a typewritten report or a Web page.