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Physics 2151: The Observing Project

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As a significant portion of your class grade (20 %), you will be asigned to a group of three or four students. Together you will choose an object from a list to observe with the new Grenfell telescope, analyse the images using image processing software to highlight a particular scientific aspect of the object. Your results will be presented in a poster that you and your group will design and display towards the end of the term.

Our First Poster Session!

Our first poster session, held April 3rd, 2011 was a big success! The eight observing groups each produced a poster and students were able to see and ask questions about everyone else's poster.  The Head of Science, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Peddle, Grenfell AVP, came to admire the students' work, as well.

Interactive Chart of the Messier Objects

In the later part of the 18th century, French astronomer and comet-hunter, Charles Messier complied a list of about 100 objects which were not comets - but whose fuzzy image might be mistaken for a comet.

The objects are now used as a compliation of different kinds of interesting objects - galaxies, star clusters, supernova remnants, bright nebulae - which are visible in a small telescope. They also serve as a challenge for some astronomers who want to "observe the list"!

For more information, click on any object at right, or see The Messier Catalog.

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9 M10 M11 M12 M13 M14 M15 M16 M17 M18 M19 M20 M21 M22 M23 M24 M25 M26 M27 M28 M29 M30 M31 M32 M33 M34 M35 M36 M37 M38 M39 M40 M41 M42 M43 M44 M45 M46 M47 M48 M49 M50 M51 M52 M53 M54 M55 M56 M57 M58 M59 M60 M61 M62 M63 M64 M65 M66 M67 M68 M69 M70 M71 M72 M73 M74 M75 M76 M77 M78 M79 M80 M81 M82 M83 M84 M85 M86 M87 M88 M89 M90 M91 M92 M93 M94 M95 M96 M97 M98 M99 M100 M101 M102 M103 M104 M105 M106 M107 M108 M109 M110

Useful links:

  • The article on how colour images are created, from the Sky and Telescope website, an amateur astronomy magazine.  A very informative site; it has interactive observing apps and much helpful information.

  • The HubbleSite, a gallery of Hubble images and info on how they are created. And from the Hubble Heritage site, detailed information about how colour filters are used to make the images.

  • SalsaJ, the image processing software for your images (Download version 2.2)

  • Stargazing: Astronomy through the Seasons, a series of popular-level articles posted by an NRC astronomer to promote public understanding of astronomy

  • Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors.

  • Weather information for Corner Brook, from the Canadian Meteorological Centre

Milky Way galaxy in infrared light

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