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Chapter 14 Homework

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Scholars Online Astronomy - Chapter 14: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Kuiper Belt: Remote Worlds


Reading Preparation

Reading: Astronomy, Chapter 14: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Kuiper Belt: Remote Worlds

Study Notes: notes on your assigned reading from the text

Key Formulae to Know

  • There are no key formulae for this chapter.

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: Moon Systems, Rings

Study Activity

Stellarium Program:

  • Moons of Uranus: Set Stellarium to observe Uranus from Earth at the current time, and adjust it so that Uranus will stay centered in your field of view as time passes, then increase magnification until you can see the five primary moons of Uranus. Set the dates to 1986 the advance rate at 5 minutes per step and watch the moons for at least 48 hours. [You may want to remove the stars from your view so that you can focus on the moons.] Then set the time for 2007 and watch the moons. How do the orbits differ? Do all the moons' orbits lie in the same plane?
  • Neptune: Make similar observations of Neptune's moons Triton and Nereid over time, setting the current time and a 1 hour flow interval. Do the two moons orbit Neptune in the same direction? How does the shape of Triton's orbit differ from the shape of Nereid's orbit?
  • Pluto: Observe Pluto and Charon from a near-Pluto location. How does Charon rotate relative to its revolution around Pluto? How does Pluto rotate relative to this orbit?

Optional Websites: Explore the SETI Planetary Rings Node, part of JPL's planetary data system. This website allows scientists to gain access to data on planetary rings and moons to carry out their own research.

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

Read through the lab for this week; bring questions to chat on any aspect of the lab, whether you intend not perform it or not. If you decide to perform the lab, be sure to submit your report by the posted due date.