2016-2017 Calendar

Saturday Morning Astrophysics Events
PhotoDateTopicActivityTarget Concepts
telescope.jpgSeptember 10, 2016Exploring the solar systemCreate a true to scale model to compare the planets of our solar system.Size and scale in astrophysics; features among our planets; model representations.
rocket.jpgOctober 8, 2016RocketsDesign and launch water bottle rockets to in team competition.The history of rocket design, aerodynamic s, and geometry of flight.
crater.jpgNovember 12, 2016Meteorites and crateringSet up experiments to to mimic the formation of impact craters.Characteristics of meteorites and the process of impact cratering.
cosmic-rays.jpgDecember 10, 2016Radiation from outer spaceAssemble a cloud chamber to see evidence of cosmic radiation first hand.The origins of extraterrestrial radiation. What does it mean to be radioactive?
star-formation.jpgJanuary 14, 2017Star formation and classificationUse color and brightness to identify and categorize types of stars.What color tells us about the elemental nature of materials. Why stars shine.
dark-matter.jpgFebruary 11, 2017Dark MatterBuild a model dark matter detector to try identify the existence of dark matter.What is dark matter? What does it do? Where is it?
exploding-stars.jpgMarch 11, 2017Exploding starsConduct experiments to model three ways in which stars self destructCompare energy differences among supernovae and gamma ray bursts.
constellation.jpgApril 8, 2017ConstellationsUse sky charts and planetarium software to learn about constellations.What are constellations? What do they consist of and how do we find them?
observatory.jpgMay 13, 2017 (rain date May 20)Observing the night sky (evening session at 9:00pm)Use telescopes at the West Lafayette Observatory to explore the night sky.What’s out there above us in the night sky?


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Last Updated: Aug 1, 2016 4:14 PM