8E30.20 - Build an Observational Astronomy Program

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Build an Observational Astronomy Program
Build an Observational Astronomy Program
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  • Michael Noble Farney, "Looking Up: Observational Astronomy for Everyone", TPT, Vol. 60, #3, March 2022, p. 226.
  • Daniel E. Reichart, "Robotic Telescope Labs for Survey-Level Undergraduates", TPT, Vol. 59, #9, Dec. 2021, p. 728.
  • Asif Shakur, Joseph Schwartz, "Backward-Design Model for an Astronomy Course Using RSpec", Vol. 59, #9, Dec. 2021, p. 703.
  • John Dumer, "Kepler Made Me Do It", TPT, Vol. 59, #2, Feb. 2021, p. 130.
  • H. B. Akins, D. A. Smith, "Imaging Planets from Imaginary Worlds", TPT, Vol. 56, #7, Oct. 2018, p. 486.
  • James Howe, David J. Sitar, "Using RSpec in an Introductory Bright Star Spectroscopy Lab Activity", TPT, Vol. 56, #1, Jan. 2018, p. 56.
  • D. A. Smith and D. C. Hill, "Imaging Artificial Satellites: An Observational Challenge", TPT, Vol. 54, #7, Oct. 2016, p. 444.
  • Mariah N. Birchard, Zachary R. Pruett, Kaitlyn L. Smith, and David J. Sitar, "Introductory Laboratory Visual Back and Camera Upgrade: Design and Implementation for the Rankin GoTo Astronomy Facility", TPT, Vol. 54, #4, Apr. 2016, p. 250.
  • Donald A. Smith and Justyn Melrose, "Astronomy with the Color Blind", TPT, Vol. 52, #9, Dec. 2014, p. 566.
  • Robert M. Gill and Michael J. Burin, "Enhancing the Introductory Astronomical Experience with the Use of a Tablet and Telescope", TPT, Vol. 51, #2, Feb. 2013, p. 87.
  • Bruce Thompson, "March of the Planets", TPT, Vol. 45, #6, Sept. 2007, p. 369.
  • Daniel B. Caton, "Seeing Far: Building an Observational Astronomy Program", TPT, Vol. 38, #9, Dec. 2000, p. 544.
  • Guinness World Record, "Largest Planetarium", 2003, p. 130.

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