Astronomy discussion 4 & homework | introduction to astronomy | Columbia College Chicago


Topic should be addressed in sufficient detail to fully describe the properties of the concepts involved and should be at least three paragraphs with four (4) to five (5) sentences each. The posting should be in your own words with a minimal use of quotes. 

Suppose it was discovered that the asteroid Hermes had been perturbed in such a way as to put it on a collision course with Earth. Describe what you would do to counter such a catastrophe using present technology.

HOMEWORK

To the greatest possible extent, answers should be in your own words and should demonstrate an understanding of the concepts involved. (More than just a glossary definition of the terminology is expected).

1. Describe at least four of the major characteristics common to all of the Jovian planets. 

2. Describe the structure of a comet, and the matter from which it is made.

3. What is the Greenhouse Effect? What role does it play in the atmospheres of Venus and Earth?

4. Why are volcanoes on Mars taller than those on Earth?

5. What and where is the Kuiper Belt, and how is it related to debris left over from the formation of the Solar System?



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Over the past five weeks, you have use the Stellarium planetarium software to plan an observation, examine a number of celestial objects, and test astronomical hypotheses for yourself. In a 1-2 page length paper in APA format, please reflect on the past work you have done and answer the following questions:

  • How did the previous laboratory exercises help you to understand the scientific method and how astronomy uses observations to test hypotheses and theories?
  • Which of the five activities did you find to be the most interesting or educational?
  • Did you find the Stellarium program easy or difficult to use? What would you recommend to the programmer of Stellarium to make any changes or add any additional features?
  • If you had to use Stellarium to devise your own new laboratory exercise, what aspect of the program would you use? What astronomical objects would you focus on?



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