Astronomy (and other Space Sciences)
Visit the Griffith Observatory. Prepare a 1-page report (300 to 600 word limit), including a picture of yourself taken somewhere in front of the observatory (or
anywhere inside, try with Einstein in the basement!). Tell me of your visit and how it relates to our Astronomy course (i.e., choose an astronomy topic we have covered
in class, and discuss how it relates to a display or something you learned about at the Griffith museum). To maximize your visit, take advantage of the Planetarium
show!! For more info visit http://www.griffithobs.org/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
The Griffith Observatory has a diversity of 3D demos, pictures and experts that will help you unveil the universe. This exercise aligns with our course’s Learning
Objectives, among which are to:
gain an appreciation for the size, scale, and major celestial objects and constituents of the Universe.
understand the basics of light & matter to explore celestial objects.
appreciate the interplay between observation & theory required for scientific progress.
develop 3D spatial visualization and reasoning using examples such as Earth-Moon-Sun dynamics and describing how stars orbit in galaxies