Astronomy with Skynet: Our Place In Space! 1st edition

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Daniel Reichart
Publisher: Custom Labs


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  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Skynet
    • 1: In Lab (2)

  • Chapter 2: Earth and the Seasons
    • 2: In Lab (2)

  • Chapter 3: The Galilean Revolution: Earth's Place in the Solar System
    • 3: In Lab (1)

  • Chapter 4: The Cosmic Distance Ladder I: Parallax
    • 4: In Lab (1)

  • Chapter 5: The Cosmic Distance Ladder II: Standard Candles
    • 5: In Lab (1)

  • Chapter 6: The Great Debate: The Solar System's Place in the Galaxy and the Galaxy's Place in the Universe I
    • 6: In Lab (1)

  • Chapter 7: The Rotation Curve and Mass of the Galaxy: Dark Matter
    • 7: In Lab (1)

  • Chapter 8: Hubble's Law: The Galaxy's Place in the Universe II
    • 8: In Lab (2)


In Astronomy with Skynet: Our Place In Space! students learn how to use robotic telescopes to observe planets, moons, asteroids, binary and variable stars, supernovae, star-forming regions, star clusters, and galaxies. Most of the labs require access to Skynet and Afterglow, resources provided by Dan Reichart at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Skynet is a network of robotic telescopes across the world that can be controlled over the Internet, serving professional astronomers, students, and the general public. For some of the labs, students take photos using telescopes on the Skynet system and then analyze them using programs such as Afterglow.

The WebAssign content for these labs includes a complete lab manual with instructions and corresponding questions for completing the lab assignment. Students enter their own data and grading for subsequent calculations are based on this initial data. This course contains eight interactive lab lessons on the topics listed below.

Question Group Key
IL - In Lab


Question Availability Color Key
BLACK questions are available now
GRAY questions are under development


Group Quantity Questions
Chapter 1: Introduction to Skynet
1.IL 2 001 002
Chapter 2: Earth and the Seasons
2.IL 2 001.globe 001.stellarium
Chapter 3: The Galilean Revolution: Earth's Place in the Solar System
3.IL 1 001
Chapter 4: The Cosmic Distance Ladder I: Parallax
4.IL 1 001
Chapter 5: The Cosmic Distance Ladder II: Standard Candles
5.IL 1 001
Chapter 6: The Great Debate: The Solar System's Place in the Galaxy and the Galaxy's Place in the Universe I
6.IL 1 001
Chapter 7: The Rotation Curve and Mass of the Galaxy: Dark Matter
7.IL 1 001
Chapter 8: Hubble's Law: The Galaxy's Place in the Universe II
8.IL 2 001 002
Total 11